A School of Sanctuary is a school that is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for all, especially those seeking sanctuary. This could be people whose lives were in danger in their own country, who have troubles at home or are just looking for a space of safety.
A School of Sanctuary is a school that helps its students, staff and wider community understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary and to extend a welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of the school community. It is a school that is proud to be a place of safety and inclusion for all.
The programme began in Yorkshire, England, and there are now Schools of Sanctuary in Wales and Ireland as well as many English cities and towns, and the resources can be adapted for a variety of school demographics and education systems. We strongly encourage schools to work in partnership with local City of Sanctuary groups and other partner organisations.
If you would like to know more about getting the programme started, please get in touch through the contact page.
There are three simple principles to being a School of Sanctuary:
- Learn about what it means to be seeking sanctuary.
- Take positive action to embed concepts of welcome, safety and inclusion within your school and the wider community.
- Share your vision and achievements – be proud!
Visit our pages Why become a School of Sanctuary? and How can my school get involved? to find out more and see our Resources page for information and ideas to get you started! Click here to find the list of more than 200 schools who are proud to be a School of Sanctuary. There is probably one near you willing to help you start your journey.
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Colchester sixth form college have officially become a College of Sanctuary
By Adrian Frost, Assistant Principal, 17 July 2018
Birmingham has Ten Schools of SanctuaryPosted by: Birmingham
11 new Schools of Sanctuary in Belfast!
Belfast City of Sanctuary has been working closely with the Education Authority of Northern Ireland to support the Schools of…Posted by: Places of Sanctuary Ireland
Our first School of Sanctuary celebrated in Bolton
AS the world faces its biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War, a school in Farnworth has been recognised as a place of sanctuary for those fleeing war and persecution in their homelands.Posted by: Bolton
New classroom resource from My Bright Kite
My Bright Kite CIC is a specialist not-for-profit organisation working to improve the wellbeing and inclusion of young refugees through…Posted by: City of Sanctuary
Crich Junior School is Derbyshire’s first School of Sanctuary
Crich Junior School becomes Derbyshire’s first School of Sanctuary!Posted by: Derby
Educational learning support hub
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St Paul's CofE Primary School awarded Sanctuary status
St Paul’s Church of England Primary School was yesterday officially awarded the School of Sanctuary status. The Primary school of…Posted by: City of Sanctuary