Allan’s Primary School is first in Stirling to win UNICEF Gold

Allan’s Primary School and Nursery have become the first school in Stirling to be awarded the UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Gold Award.

Cllr Gerry McGarvey joins Allan's PS Head Teacher Lindsey Howland and pupils
Allan's Primary School Pupils and Head Teacher Lindsey Howland joined with Cllr Gerry McGarvey

The school has been praised for its approach in embedding children’s rights across the school and throughout every facet of school life.

Allan’s Primary, which received bronze and silver accreditation in 2022, was visited by an assessor from UNICEF UK at the end of May who spoke with pupils, parents and staff.

The assessor report highlighted numerous strengths displayed by the school, including:

  • Very articulate children who demonstrated good knowledge and understanding of rights
  • A clear strategic approach to embedding children’s rights in school life
  • An ethos that places positive relationships based on mutual respect and trust at the heart of school life.

Lindsey Howland, Head Teacher at Allan’s Primary School said: “We have been on a wonderful journey for the last few years as we have continued to promote and embed children’s rights into our everyday practice. We now approach everything we do by walking in our children's shoes to ensure that their rights are understood and lived in Allan's Primary and Nursery School.”

Children and Young People Vice Convener, Cllr Gerry McGarvey said: “This is a phenomenal achievement for Allan’s Primary School to be the first in Stirling to be recognised with UNICEF UK’s Rights Respecting Schools Gold Award.

“The staff leadership team at the school have made every effort to ensure that children, young people and adults have a thorough understanding of children’s rights and affirm this wherever possible.

“All staff and pupils at Allan’s Primary should be very proud of receiving this recognition.”