A TAUNTON primary school is leading the way after winning two awards.

North Town Primary school has achieved the ‘Gold Award’ for Rights Respecting schools.

The gold award is the highest standard granted by UNICEF to schools who have fully embedded children’s rights throughout the school in its policies, practice and ethos.

North Town is the only school in Somerset to achieve the award.

Mike Snowden, headteacher, said: “We are thrilled to achieve this award. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone in our community to the Rights Respecting agenda.

“Our children are equipped with knowledge and understanding of the rights they are entitled to and the ways in which they can uphold and fight for the rights of others locally and globally.”

In addition to the UNICEF Gold Award, North Town has also achieved the School Games Platinum Award, something which no other school in England has so far managed to do.

Mr Snowden added: “We are very proud to achieve this award as it shows how much sport and school games are an integral part of our school.

“I would like to congratulate the children for all their efforts in achieving this award.”