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Rights Respecting School
Abertillery Comprehensive School is working towards becoming a Rights Respecting School. A Rights Respecting School believes that all children should be able to enjoy the 42 rights which are set out in the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The school aims to shape all its work around ensuring that pupils can enjoy their rights. This does not mean that children are able to do what they want – it means that pupils are aware of the rights all children should have and teaches the children the responsibility of making sure that their friends and peers have the right to learn and feel safe in school. Many children will have started to learn about the UNCRC and their rights in their primary schools, and we are committed to continuing with this work. Members of the School Council act as Rights Respecting Ambassadors and help to promote this work in school. In September 2013, Abertillery Comprehensive was awarded the Recognition of Commitment, which is the first stage of becoming a Rights Respecting School. The school will continue to work towards the next level of the Rights Respecting School Award by training staff further and raising awareness of rights in lessons and assemblies.
All children have the right to feel safe from violence and aggression in school, and at Abertillery Comprehensive we have a group of Peer Mentors who have been specially trained to support pupils who may be being bullied, and work to prevent bullying from happening in school. In July 2012, following a review by the EVAD Trust, the school was awarded a Bronze Award for it’s anti-bullying policies and practice. Since then, we have established a Peer Mentor Room which is open at break times and lunchtimes for pupils to drop in and talk to the Peer Mentors. All Peer Mentors have received training from the anti-bullying charity ‘Bullies Out’ and a number of them have achieved an ASDAN qualification in Peer Mentoring. These pupils received their awards at a ceremony at the Cardiff City Stadium in June 2013. Buddies can be easily identified by the colourful jackets they wear in their House colours. Buddies take part in assemblies, and will lead our activities for Anti-Bullying Week in November.