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A Haverhill primary school is celebrating after earning a top award which honours schools who celebrate the rights of children.

Clements Primary Academy have been awarded the gold standard for the UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Award following a stringent process of assessments, evidence and interviews with staff and pupils alike.

Assessors found that children’s rights were “embedded across the school and underpin every facet of school life”.

Having earned the bronze and silver awards in the last three years, Vicky Hogg, headteacher, said she was very proud of the school’s continued commitment to promoting children’s rights.

Mrs Hogg said: “This gold award is a testimony to the hard work of staff, pupils and our whole school community.

“We are thrilled that it recognises the values of Clements Primary Academy and the importance we place on giving children a voice.”

In giving Clements the gold award, assessors recognised the confidence pupils have in discussing global citizenship issues and the fact pupils are listened to and involved in decision-making at all levels.

The report said the school had an “ethos that places positive relationships based on dignity, mutual respect and trust at the heart of school life. Relationships were strong with a clear link to the school’s values and a strong culture of inclusivity”.