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Rights Respecting Schools Silver Award

The Bridge Alternative Provision, based on the Bryncethin Campus, has recently achieved the Silver Award of UNCRC Rights Respecting Schools. This very prestigious award recognises the level of commitment from both staff, learners and the wider school community to listening to the views of and upholding the rights of the learners in The Bridge. This is particularly important in a PRU setting where children and young people can be placed at a time of transition or crisis and be in real need of specialist support though they may not recognise this.

The Bridge Alternative Provision is the only Pupil Referral Unit in Wales to achieve this award and staff, learners and parents/carers are very proud of the exemplary practice and work across the four standards that was evidenced during the external verification process:

Pupils spoken to during the focus group were confident in their knowledge of the UNCRC and spoke about the ways that they have been engaged in the provision’s RRSA journey e.g. staff facilitate a meeting on the first Tuesday of each month for pupils to engage with the RRSA steering group. This should be recognised as good practice and ensures the continued and open engagement of young people who transition in and out of The Bridge. Pupil questionnaires show a significant increase from 27% of pupils stating they had learnt about the Convention when the first focus group questionnaires were completed compared to 93% of pupils in the most recent round of questionnaires.

Standard B “The whole school community learns about rights”