Are you a school based in Swindon who is interested in working towards becoming an official School of Sanctuary?

What does it mean to become a School of Sanctuary?

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.

No matter your school’s demographic, becoming a School of Sanctuary is for all schools. Educating your students on what it means to be seeking sanctuary is beneficial for all students to able to empathise with the plight of others and to dispel negative myths surrounding those seeking refuge.

The programme began in Yorkshire, England, and there are now Schools of Sanctuary in Wales, Ireland and many English cities and towns.

What does my school need to do?

There are three simple principles to being a School of Sanctuary:

  1. Learn about what it means to be seeking sanctuary.
  2. Take positive action to embed concepts of welcome, safety and inclusion within your school and the wider community.
  3. Share your vision and achievements – be proud!


Why become a School of Sanctuary?

  • Create a sense of safety and inclusion for all
  • Develop an understanding of what it means to seek sanctuary. Dispel negative myths
  • Provide learning opportunities around human rights, social justice, diversity and interdependence
  • Strengthen race equality and community cohesion work
  • Increase student’s voice and promote active citizenship
  • Augment work to attain Stephen Lawrence Education Standard or other inclusion award initiatives
  • Provide evidence to meet Ofsted expectations for high educational achievement for refugee and unaccompanied asylum seeking children

To find out more please contact our Development Worker: [email protected] 

During refugee week 2017 many schools used resources in this powerpoint we put together, please feel free to download it as a teaching aid. We also have a number of books suitable for both primary and secondary age. Do get in touch if your school would like to borrow any of them (they are all mentioned within the powerpoint).