What is a School of Sanctuary?
A School of Sanctuary is a school that is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for those seeking sanctuary. It is a space for those whose lives were in danger in their own country, who have troubles at home or are just looking for a space they can feel safe.
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.
Why become a School of Sanctuary?
We are proud to be working towards becoming accredited as a School of Sanctuary. We are committed to ensuring that our students learn and understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary and the difficulties asylum seekers and refugees face. Our curriculum ensures that there are opportunities to learn, understand and take actions around the themes of human rights as well as diversity, inclusion, refuge and migration.
Who is involved in the School of Sanctuary?
Working towards becoming a School of Sanctuary involves the whole school:
- Governors are fully supportive of our commitment as a school community to work towards School of Sanctuary status.
- Staff are involved both as subject teachers and as pastoral tutors in the delivery of an excellent curriculum which supports this ethos.
- Student Leadership group are actively working on initiatives to enable us to be awarded School of Sanctuary status.
- Parents are informed of the work surrounding the School of Sanctuary accreditation via the website and Egglescliffe Edge on a regular basis.
- We are also developing ways to engage the wider community which we serve. We work with other schools in Stockton as well as the wider Tees Valley.
Find out more about School of Sanctuary by visiting the Tees Valley of Sanctuary website: https://tees-valley.cityofsanctuary.org