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Child Rights Work Wins UNICEF Accolade

“The ethos of The Beeches School has child rights at its heart. It was set up in 2019 to enable those young people to flourish whose needs weren’t being met by mainstream schools.

Headteacher Lydia Roberts

Ofsted inspectors commented that we quickly brought to life our vision for high quality education and care by carefully considering the needs of individual pupils.

The Beeches School, near Cranbourne in Dorset, has 25 places for boys and girls aged 11 to 16 with autistic spectrum conditions including Asperger’s syndrome, social and emotional difficulties, anxiety disorders and mental health needs.

Connor Longshore, age 14 explained why he was proud to be part of the steering group “As a pupil here you should be allowed to have something to say if you want to.”

The school is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, which praised the focus on developing confidence and self-esteem as well as high quality teaching that motivates pupils to make progress.

The head teacher added: “Our students want to know about the world around them. They have previously presented at an Amnesty International Conference. Ensuring they can speak out is integral to their human rights.”

The Bronze award means The Beeches School understands the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which includes the right to education, and is on the way to achieving Silver.