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What is a School of Sanctuary?

Schools of Sanctuary – Coventry City of Peace

A school of Sanctuary is:

'We all have a part to play in building a welcoming and inclusive society.'

.' Becoming a School of Sanctuary has been a transformative process that has contributed to being recognised as a national inclusion centre for excellence, what an incredible award to be given'. Miss K Crowley.

What is a School of Sanctuary?

  • A place that fosters a culture of welcome and safety for people seeking sanctuary, including asylum seeking and refugee families.
  • Educates the whole school community about the human right to sanctuary and identifies practical means for schools to demonstrate that commitment.
  • Builds empathy and intercultural awareness through promoting the voices and contributions of people seeking sanctuary, encouraging an understanding of the experiences of displaced people and helping to combat stereotypes.

Working together as a School of Sanctuary provides schools with a powerful focus for possible development in areas such as:

  • Meeting the requirements of the Equality Act 2010
  • Imaginative re-engagement with required curriculum areas such literacy, language arts, geography, history, humanities
  • Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education and ‘British Values’
  • Building a school culture that reduces intolerance, hate speech and bullying
  • Building an inclusive and supportive school community
  • Increasing pupil voice and promoting active & engaged citizenship
  • Engaging families and strengthening the school’s role in the local community
  • Improving the provision of English as an additional language in school
  • Helping improve pupil outcomes and attendance – students that feel safe and included will be more likely to attend schools
  • Promoting well-being & community cohesion by building empathetic school environments