A Rights Respecting School

Admiral Lord Nelson School is proud to be a Gold level Rights Respecting School!

In February 2013, ALNS became the first secondary school in Portsmouth to achieve the Level 1 Unicef Rights Respecting Schools award. This means our ethos and values are based around the human rights of all children as written in the UNCRC (what’s that?) in 1989.

Over the past few years we have worked really hard as a school to become a Level 2 school and in November we were the FIRST SCHOOL IN PORTSMOUTH to be awarded the prestigous Level 2 Rights Respecting School Award. This means we have moved our curriculum forward and now have articles linked to our lessons, Personal Development Days and the UNCRC is made explicit to all members of our school community through our displays, assemblies and events.

We proudly celebrated achieving the award with an amazing evening of performances and speeches, including one from our assessor Paul Harris in December. Since achieving the award we have been to a Headteachers conference to talk to other schools about the importantance of the UNCRC and how it can change a school.

At the heart of Admiral Lord Nelson School is the UNCRC.

There are 42 rights that are directly relevant to ALL children. They are born with them. EVERY CHILD HAS THEM!

You can download your own copy of the UNCRC right here, so that YOU know them too. Do you?

Our school community has devised our own ALNS Charter in which we have selected the articles relevant to us that we all strive to uphold every day through respectful and responsible behaviour at the heart of this remains the UNCRC.

“Dear Teachers:
I am a survivor of a concentration camp. My eyes saw what no person should witness. Gas chambers built by learned engineers. Children poisoned by educated physicians. Infants killed by trained nurses. Women and babies shot and burned by high school and college graduates.

So I am suspicious of education. My request is: help your students become more human. Your efforts must never produce learned monsters, skilled psychopaths, or educated Eichmanns. Reading, writing, and arithmetic are important only if they serve to make our children more human.”

Haim G. Ginott