City of Sanctuary runs a national programme called the Schools of Sanctuary stream, and we are delighted to be participating in this. This means that an entire generation of children and young people will learn about asylum issues.
The award is not trivial: 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, protection and inclusion within the school and wider local community
- Sharing that vision and the school’s achievements.
The Syrian children who have been resettled in Ripon have been spread across 4 of our 5 primary schools.
Schools which have already achieved the award
- Outwood Primary Academy Greystone (awarded March 2018)
Schools currently working towards the award
- Moorside Infant & Junior Schools
- Masham CE (VC) Primary School
- Ripon Cathedral School
- Holy Trinity C of E Infant and Junior Schools
- St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School
- Kirkby Malzeard C of E 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!