City of Sanctuary runs a national programme called the Schools of Sanctuary stream, and we are delighted to be participating in this. We’re even more delighted to be able to say that every single one of Ripon’s schools – primary and secondary – are on the journey towards achieving the School of Sanctuary award. This means that an entire generation of children and young people will learn about asylum issues.
The award is not easy to achieve: typically, schools spend a year inserting asylum-related issues into their curriculum and then evidencing that they have done so. We help them with this, offering ideas, taking in guest speakers (for example, refugees or representatives from the British Red Cross), and delivering assemblies and lessons.
There are 3 simple principles to being a school of sanctuary:
- Learning about what it means to be seeking sanctuary
- Taking positive action to embed concepts of welcome, safety and inclusion within the school and wider local community
- Sharing that vision and the school’s achievements.
The Syrian refugee children who have been resettled in Ripon are spread across 4 of our 5 primary schools. None are yet old enough to be attending secondary school.
Schools which have already achieved the award
- Outwood Primary Academy Greystone (awarded March 2018)
Schools en route to the award
- Ripon Cathedral School
- Holy Trinity C of E Infant and Junior Schools
- St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School
- Moorside Infant & Junior Schools
- Ripon Grammar School
- Outwood Academy Ripon
- Masham CE (VC) Primary School.
If you’re with one of the schools in one of the surrounding villages and would like to explore becoming a school of sanctuary, please get in touch!