What is a School of Sanctuary?
A School of Sanctuary is:
¨ A place of welcome for all
¨ A place that fosters a culture of welcome and safety for people seeking sanctuary, including asylum seeking and
¨ Recognises that the UK is enriched by new arrivals
¨ A school that educates the whole school community about the human right to sanctuary and identifies practical
means for schools to demonstrate that commitment
¨ A school that builds empathy and intercultural awareness through promoting the voices and contributions of people
seeking sanctuary, encouraging an understanding of the experiences of displaced people and helping to combat
Why become a School of Sanctuary?
“Education does not change the world. Education changes people. People change the world”. Paula Freire
Becoming a School of Sanctuary
Freshfield Primary School is extremely proud to have been accredited to the School of Sanctuary in
Staff, children and Governors are committed to ensuring that our school community continue to learn,
understand and take actions around the themes of human rights as well as diversity, inclusion, refuge and migration.
Our six core values drive and shape every aspect of school life: respect, empathy, perseverance, enjoyment and achievement and togetherness.
As an ongoing part of being a School of Sanctuary we continually look for opportunities to embed the
philosophy of the Award.
On our journey so far we have welcomed Asylum Link, Liverpool who shared the work they do to support asylum seekers and refugees in Liverpool, providing advice, clothing and English lessons.
To support our learning on diversity, Donna Palmer from School Improvement Liverpool carried out a workshop around black British role models.
We enjoyed a visit from the author Brian Abrams “Grandad Wheels” who shared his experiences of life in a wheelchair and to promote inclusivity the children took part in wheelchair tag rugby sessions with Sale Sharks.