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CHILDREN know their rights and respect their fellow pupils and teachers at a school that has just won one of Unicef’s highest accolades.

Fairfield Infants in Havant is now a Rights Respecting School for its impressive work embedding the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of a Child into the heart of the school.

Headteacher Brenda France said she was thrilled with the award which is graded level 2 – the best possible score the school could have achieved.

She said: ‘We are very excited about this.

‘It validates what we are doing.

‘The convention underpins everything we do – anything that happens at this school can be brought back to the discussion table to explore the impact and responsibilities.’

Youngsters at the school have an active student council to give feedback on all aspects of school life including the curriculum.

They are, for example, about to open a debate about how their newly resurfaced playground should look.