Six Salford primary schools have become Schools of Sanctuary for the first time by showing a genuine commitment to welcoming and effectively supporting asylum seeker children and families. The award was presented by the Ceremonial Mayor and Mayoress of Salford to Light Oaks Infants School, Clarendon CP School, Lark Hill CP School, St Joseph the Worker RC School, Brentnall CP School and the Friars CP School at a wonderful celebration event at Buile Hill Banqueting Suite on 6 th February 2019.
The event had presentations by children from each school and special awards were given to secondary school asylum and refugee children who had excelled in some way, whether through their academic progress, attainment or contribution to school life. The nominated pupils were from Ellesmere Park High School, All Hallows RC High School, Buile Hill Visual Arts College and The Albion High School. Adult asylum seekers from Syria and The Democratic Republic of Congo told their harrowing stories but also of how communities in the United Kingdom had helped them become survivors. Music and entertainment was provided by Music Action International, an organisation made up of people across the World using the power of creativity to overcome the effects of war, torture and armed conflict.
For more information about becoming a School of Sanctuary or another
organisation of Sanctuary in Salford, please get in touch with Natalie Stables at [email protected] Salford EMTAS.