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!
Latest Schools Posts from across the City of Sanctuary Network
Hackney Borough of Sanctuary support for Syrian families
Hackney Borough of Sanctuary recently held an annual general meeting on 15 February 2017 to discuss how to give support to the process of bringing Syrian families to Hackney as part of Hackney Council’s commitment to bring families under the UNHCR programme.Posted by: Hackney
Mapping Sanctuary in Edinburgh
As more refugees and asylum seekers arrive in Edinburgh, many brilliant initiatives have sprung up to provide a welcome across the city. As more groups are stepping forward to offer help and support – from providing bikes and language lessons through to advice on navigating the education and health system – the network becomes wider but more difficult to visualise.Posted by: City Template
New Birmingham Schools of Sanctuary exhibition
The Birmingham Schools of Sanctuary network has produced an exhibition which, at the moment, is on display in the very…Posted by: Birmingham
Visit our 'Tree of Welcome' at St. Sidwell's Centre
Our ‘Tree of Welcome’ is currently on display at St. Sidwell’s Centre in Exeter as part of an Awareness…Posted by: Exeter
"Let the little children come to me" - the school census boycott
Jen Persson is coordinator of defenddigitalme, one of over twenty human rights organisations supporting the Against Borders for Children campaign to…Posted by: City of Sanctuary Blog
Sanctuary in the Senedd 2016.
This event brought together around 150 people including Assembly Members to listen to powerful refugee testimony on several devolved issues including housing,…Posted by: Swansea
Schools Census Boycott discussion in House of lords
Today the House of Lords will debate the Department for Education’s new policy of collecting data on the nationality and…Posted by: City of Sanctuary
One School of Sanctuary's Refugee week - Glebelands in Leicester
Refugee Week June 20th – 24th 2016Posted by: Schools
Places of Sanctuary Ireland Conference on 12th November
Places of Sanctuary Ireland is attracting huge interest for its first ever networking conference on 12th November in Dublin. Places of Sanctuary is the name for the growing network of local groups across the island of Ireland (North and South).Posted by: Places of Sanctuary Ireland
St Anne's Primary celebrates School of Sanctuary Award
St Anne`s Catholic Primary School in Chelmsley Wood (Solihull) received the School of Sanctuary award at a special assembly on…Posted by: Birmingham