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Steps to becoming a School of Sanctuary


Sign the City of Sanctuary organisational pledge to affirm your commitment to the vision of welcome for all in your school and in the UK more widely. This takes less than two minutes and is one of the eight minimum criteria to become a School of Sanctuary.  


Contact the Schools of Sanctuary UK team to express your interest in becoming a School of Sanctuary. We will connect you to a Schools of Sanctuary Local Lead to support your journey and review you application. You should also register for the
 SoS national newsletter, the regular mailing list and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest events and resources.


Review what your school already has in place or has done to date to meet the award criteria (consider using the Schools of Sanctuary self-assessment tool to help you) and make an action plan using the resource pack and website for inspiration.


Submit an application outlining your evidence of having met the criteria to your Local Lead or Schools of Sanctuary contact. You can use this application guide to help you. They will follow up to organise an assessment visit or meeting where you should showcase your work and include opportunities for the assessors to discuss SoS with the leadership, pupils and teachers. 


Once awarded, share the news on the school website, social media and through local news outlets. Invite local dignitaries to the award celebration and explain why being a School of Sanctuary is important to you. Continue to engage and share your activities in preparation for reaccreditation after three years.