School of Sanctuary

We are delighted to be working towards ‘School of Sanctuary’ status.

This means we are actively working to provide a safe and welcoming place for anyone 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.

Our ambition is to help our children and their families, staff and the community to understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary and to extend a welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of the school community. We celebrate diversity and work gently with our children to help them understand the ideas of welcome, openness, care and respect for others.

In September 2018 we welcomed 2 new baby guinea pigs to our nursery school, and the children learned about nurturing them, keeping them warm and safe and helping them settle in….

Meet Poppy and Pumpkin

In October 2018, the children, families and staff gathered together to celebrate harvest – we collected boxes of tins  and packets of food for the local food bank

In November 2018 we celebrated Diwali, where children danced together and shared appreciation of beautiful materials, dress and music.

A book we have found that is thought provoking and inspiring in the run up to Christmas is:-

Anne Booth & Sam Usher (2016) REFUGE Nosy Crow Books – A timely and timeless retelling of the Christmas story inspired by refugee children everywhere.

February 2019 – a new partnership with Aspiring Futures – bringing a range of support and services to all women in our community.

We are delighted to welcome Aspiring Futures to their new base at The Saplings building, next door to Windsor. Courses for ESOL, women’s health and well-being, support to employment and driving theory have started this month. Counselling sessions are also part of the Aspiring Futures offer.

3 mothers, speaking 3 different languages (Lithuanian, Arabic and Kurdish), joined together to attend a well-being class for the first time today! 11/2/2019

March 2019

We have put up a map of the world in our reception area – we look forward to the conversations that we can have with the children and families about it.

World Book Day – We have been able to get some Bookstart books in different home languages. The children and parents have been delighted to have them

Aspiring Futures website link

City of Sanctuary website link

Refugee and Migrant Centre website link