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Moorside Primary School and Nursery is now a School of Sanctuary

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We’re so delighted that Moorside has become our second School of Sanctuary, having received their nationally recognised award today as part of our celebrations for Refugee Week 2021!

The children and staff have worked extremely hard to ensure that refugee issues are understood, embedded across the curriculum, and shared with others. They’ve spent over a year producing a thoughtful and beautiful portfolio of work, and received their award from Yvonne Jefferies, our schools lead, on 17 June 2021.

Yvonne Jefferies is the lead for Schools of Sanctuary at Ripon City of Sanctuary. She said: 

“This award is not given lightly. Schools work very hard to demonstrate that they understand what it means to be a refugee and to arrive here in the UK, likely friendless and very anxious. Moorside’s award is a real testament to their commitment to supporting refugees – who are some of the most disadvantaged people in the world. We congratulate them on their hard work and their achievement!”

We were also really pleased to have been the first real live visitors in school since COVID restrictions were lifted. We were treated to an assembly, a tour, marmalade tarts (in honour of refugee bear Paddington), a song, and a display of some fabulous work.

A huge well done to all at Moorside: you are a credit to our city.