“The good quality of leadership throughout the school is driving the development of teaching and learning…”
Ofsted Inspection Nov 2007
Rights, Respect and Responsibility
Francis Maude, MP for Horsham and Edward Waller, Head of Education UNICEF visited Tanbridge House on Friday 26 February to look at the impact of the UNICEF Rights-Respecting work that is now embedding the ethos, values and curriculum at the school.
The visitors spoke to staff and students, as well as visiting lessons to see 'Rights and Responsibilities' in action, within the curriculum. The impact of the three 'R' s has been particularly evident in students recognising the need to take personal responsibility, as well as the development of mutual respect within relationships, amongst all members of the school community.
Statistics show that there are certain common impacts as a result of RRR work in schools; improvement in behaviour, student self-esteem as well as an increase in achievement and attendance are directly linked. Tanbridge House has continued with this trend, improving year on year with the help of a rights-respecting ethos.
Tanbridge House School is part of a group of ten schools in West Horsham who are striving to become recognised by UNICEF as Rights-Respecting schools. In a recent survey at Tanbridge House School a high majority of students agreed that personal responsibility is a basic expectation. They also agreed that children's rights are universal, wherever you are born in the world. The next step for Tanbridge House students is to forge stronger links with children in other parts of the world, to develop their understanding and empathy as globally aware and active young citizens.
Edward Waller said following his visit, “A big, big thank you to Tanbridge House School, the staff and young people made the visit so successful.
The enthusiasm and commitment to developing Tanbridge House School as a Unicef Rights Respecting School shone through. Despite the short time frame I am confident Francis Maude had a good opportunity to acquire a great feel for how the articles of the Convention are becoming embedded in the school ethos and curriculum.”