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
Summer at Preston City of Sanctuary has been busy, so welcome to reading all about it in our Summer Newsletter! We all feel proud of how welcoming and hospitable Preston is for asylum seekers and refugees! Red Cross and Preston City of Sanctuary visit Preston’s first school seeking School of Sanctuary status In May this year, Red Cross were accompanied by Preston City of Sanctuary and two refugees to meet schoolchildren at city-centre located English Martyrs Primary School. Children had prepared questions to…Posted by: Preston
Reflections on Schools of Sanctuary in Bristol
In 2014, St Nicholas of Tolentine RC Primary School was officially recognised as one of our Schools of Sanctuary. The…Posted by: Bristol
Sawtry Village Academy becomes the first Cambridgeshire School of Sanctuary
On July 14th 2017 Sawtry Village Academy became the first Cambridgeshire School of Sanctuary. This follows a year of regular…Posted by: Cambridge
Update on Against Borders for Children campaign
From Against Borders with Children.Posted by: Schools
Oasis becomes first School of Sanctuary
Congratulations to the staff and students at Oasis Academy Watermead, on becoming Sheffield’s first School of Sanctuary. Over the past…Posted by: Sheffield
Welsh House Farm Community School is our latest School of Sanctuary!
Their many and varied recent activities are recorded in this display, which is the first thing you see when you…Posted by: Birmingham
Wales Nation of Sanctuary Summary Report.
We are delighted to bring you the Nation of Sanctuary Event Summary on World Refugee Day.Posted by: Swansea
Working to provide a safe space for children seeking sanctuary in Europe
Most mornings, if you are to walk down the main street of Chios town, you will see a large group…Posted by: Bristol
Child Refugees Welcome? How schools can help.
Child refugees flee war and conflict and their journey to safety can be a long and traumatic. What can we…Posted by: City of Sanctuary Blog
Musical resources for primary school children and Refugee week
Caroline Hoile of Grumpy Sheep Music for primary education has returned from volunteering in a refugee camp in Greece and says that she is…Posted by: Schools