School of Sanctuary 2024

We would like to tell you about a new journey we are undertaking as a school to become what is known as a School of Sanctuary.


A school of Sanctuary is a place of welcome for all; it educates about why people are forcibly displaced; it recognises that the UK is enriched by new arrivals and it supports pupils from all backgrounds to feel seen, supported and included.


Over the years we have taught the children about migration and why people are forcibly displaced, in order to understand both their local communities and the wider world better. We have also done some fundraising during refugee week, made food collections for refugee organisations at Harvest time and the children have drawn welcome pictures for newly arrived people seeking asylum. We plan to continue this good work looking for ways we can further support refugees at a local and national level.


Receiving a School of Sanctuary Award from City of Sanctuary UK will recognise this good practice in fostering a culture of welcome, belonging and solidarity for those seeking safety.


We appreciate your support and all you do in helping make St. Stephen’s a warm and welcoming community.


You can see the evidence of our pledge to schools of Sanctuary here 


Watch this space for further developments!


Thank you so much for your amazing response to our appeal for Christmas presents for families who are refugees and living in Leeds. Take a look at the photos - it was lovely to hear what a difference your generosity had made. 

We were pleased to welcom Katherine Hogg from the School of Sanctuary movement in Leeds to lead our collective worship.  She told us what it means to be a School of Sanctuary and showed us the symbol which we then made by joining hands with our neighbours.  Katherine brought Wan from Malaysia with her.  She taughrt us how to count to 10 in Malay and gave us suggestions on how we might make children from other cultures feel welcome,

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