It was a pleasure to once again join pupils, staff and Head Teacher Mrs Sally Miner at Ryders Hayes Primary School in Pelsall last week, to present them with their Respecting School Gold Award from Unicef UK.

Last year I formally presented the school with their Silver Respecting School Award certificate, so this year it was wonderful that after a further year’s work by staff and pupils they achieved a Gold Award Certificate.

Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. The Rights Respecting Schools Award is granted to schools that show commitment to promoting and realising children’s rights and they are working with schools to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive.

The Gold Award is a great achievement and everyone at Ryders Hayes School can be very proud of their achievement. Well done to you all.