The Supported Learning Centre (SLC) at the Barony Campus in Cumnock has been awarded a Silver Rights Respecting School Award by UNICEF UK.

The award recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s planning, policies and practice.

A Rights Respecting School is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted.

Silver is given to schools that make excellent progress towards embedding the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into its ethos and curriculum.

Peter Gilchrist, head of the Barony Campus, said: “I am extremely proud of the pupils and staff of the Supported Learning Centre for achieving the Silver Rights Respecting Schools Award.

“This achievement has resulted from the sheer hard work and commitment of our young people and, indeed, our whole school community to ensuring the rights of everyone are promoted and respected.

“It also perfectly reflects our three school values of achievement, respect and equity, which are at the heart of all that we do on our campus. Thank you so much to all of our staff and pupils in our SLC for all you have done to achieve this excellent award.

“I very much look forward to following your progress towards achieving the Gold Award. Well done everyone!”

The school has reported a positive impact on pupil behaviour, relationships and well-being by enhancing pupils’ self-esteem, leading to less truancy and bullying, better learning and improved academic standards.