The launch of Norwich Schools of Sanctuary took place on Friday, 16th June at Avenue Junior School at which the first schools in Norfolk were recognised as Schools of Sanctuary.
Schools of Sanctuary is a nationwide initiative that encourages schools to commit to being safe and welcoming places for everyone, especially for those such as asylum seekers and refugees searching for sanctuary.
Clive Lewis MP for Norwich South presented the awards and the event included contributions from Norwich City of Sanctuary, The Common Lot theatre company and representatives from the local refugee community as well as performances by pupils from Norfolk schools.
The schools to be recognised as Schools of Sanctuary were Avenue Junior School, Jane Austen College, Wensum Junior School, Notre Dame High School, Bignold Primary School, Magdalen Gates Primary School and Framingham Earl High School.
Jake Brown, Norwich Schools of Sanctuary Lead, said: ” Becoming a School of Sanctuary is a way for schools in Norfolk to engage positively with the refugee crisis across Europe and to publicly commit themselves to being a safe and inclusive spaces where everyone is welcome. We congratulate our first Schools of Sanctuary today and hope that many more of our county’s schools will join the network. Our county has a long and proud tradition as a place of safety, welcome and refuge.”