A Merton primary school has received one of the highest honours possible from Unicef.

Dundonald Primary School was recently awarded 'gold' by Unicef UK’s 'rights respecting school' programme.

The award is granted to schools that show "commitment to promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school."

Gold is the highest accolade given by Unicef UK and headteacher of Dundonald, Fiona Duffy, said: “We are proud and honoured to receive this hard earned 'gold award' from Unicef UK.

"The rights of the child are at the heart of everything we do and stand for at Dundonald Primary School.

"Our children understand their rights thank you to our steering group for driving the rights of the child and the whole community for supporting us on our rights respecting journey.”

Unicef UK rights respecting schools programme director, Frances Bestley, was blown away with the programs the school had in place.

"The school very much impressed us with the confident way in which children are positive participatory citizens who make a difference in school and globally," she said.

"We’ve seen how pupils understand their rights and show respect for each other, and show a strong desire to make a difference to the lives of children in their own school and in other countries.

"Dundonald Primary School has fully embraced the convention on the rights of the child and we are very pleased to accredit the school with Unicef UK’s rights respecting school gold award."