The Regis School

Headteacher:Mike Garlick

RegionSouth East

TypeSecondary Academy

Students1412 aged 11-19

Top character qualities developed

  • Citizenship
  • Confidence
  • Tolerance and respect
  • Critical thinking, reason and judgement
  • Social justice

Statement on Youth Social Action and Character

“We put the United Nations ‘Rights of the Child’ at the heart of our policies, ethos and practice, which gives the school its sense of community and moral purpose. We are proud to have a UNICEF Rights Respecting School Level 2 Award.

Consideration of what we are fundraising for sets social action in context and fosters a global appreciation for the world we live in. Student ambassadors guide the causes we support and how we will support them, with what we feel is a crucial autonomy. Students are brought together to campaign for better rights for children worldwide and to consider how much luckier they are than other children both nationally and internationally. For example, learning about climate change and what you can do about it is an important aspect of empowering the young to take civic responsibility. Inspired by Free the Children’s WE Day, we run our own mini WE Day and invite primary schools from the area to celebrate youth empowerment in their local and global communities. Using tutor time really works too as students use the time to write letters to MPs, plan fundraisers and organise school events.

Our students donate to the local food bank via Free the Children (our school has donated the largest quantity of any school in the UK, over 1800 kg), but we don’t just give a tin, we want to make sure the students understand how their support is making a difference. This year we also raised money for The Body Shop Foundation by running pop-up charity shops and we sold Rafiki friendship bands to raise funds for Free The Children. It’s very important that the students fully understand why they are carrying out social action, what the specific cause is, why it is important and what the value is both to themselves and others.

Our pupils have been awarded the national Diana award for Active Campaigners, UNICEF Star Campaigner and Arun Youth Community Awards. Free The Children UK have chosen the Regis School as a case study school and the students’ campaign work has been showcased nationally. This year our pupils are all making #iwill pledges on bunting that will be proudly on display in the school for all to see. That’s 1400+ promises to make the world a better place!” – Mike Garlick

Find out more about what we do through our website.

The Regis school is part of United Learning. Find out more about how your school can get involved.

“Through the Rights Respecting Programme of care, respect, interest and compassion, the result is a generation of students who are becoming inspiring and aspiring human beings. We were astounded by them”

– Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury

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