We are a network of schools in Norwich and across Norfolk that have committed to becoming Schools of Sanctuary.

A School of Sanctuary is a school that is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for all, especially those 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.

A School of Sanctuary is a school that helps its students, staff and wider community understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary and to extend a welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of the school community. It is a school that is proud to be a place of safety and inclusion for all.

Schools of Sanctuary is a nationwide initiative to celebrate the good practice of schools who welcome asylum seeking and refugee families into their school community and foster a culture of welcome and inclusion for all.

The programme began in Yorkshire, England, and there are now Schools of Sanctuary in Wales and Ireland as well as many English cities and towns.

This is what it means to be a School of Sanctuary!

Made by class 5B at Avenue Junior School inspired by Benjamin Zephaniah’s poem We Refugees.

Norfolk Welcomes the world!

Join us to mark Norfolk Welcomes on Friday, 14th June 2019 as Norfolk schools learn about the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers and hep build a culture of welcome in our communities.

Norwich Schools of Sanctuary is part of the Norwich City of Sanctuary movement.

Visit our pages Becoming a School of Sanctuary to find out more and see our Resources page to help get you started!

Or get in touch via email at info@norwichschoolsofsanctuary.org

“The Schools of Sanctuary programme presents schools with a valuable opportunity to coordinate work that further supports pupil wellbeing, broadening efforts to develop important interpersonal skills with their pupils such as empathy, respect and compassion. The Schools of Sanctuary programme builds on and contributes to fundamental core work of schools including British Values, SMSC and PSHE.”

Josie Rayner-Wells, National PSHE/RSE Adviser & Foundation Governor, Taverham Junior School