What is a School of Sanctuary?
A School of Sanctuary is a school that is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for those seeking sanctuary. It is a space for those whose lives were in danger in their own country, who have troubles at home or are just looking for a space they can feel safe.
A School of Sanctuary is a school that helps its pupils, staff and wider community understand what it means 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.
Becoming a School of Sanctuary
St Philip's is extremely proud to have been accredited as a School of Sanctuary in July 2021. Our staff, pupils and governors are committed to ensuring that our school community learn, understand and take actions around the themes of human rights as well as diversity, inclusion, refuge and migration.
Who and what is involved?
A whole school approach is essential.
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Our Journey so far...
We launched our journey towards Schools of Sanctuary with a fantastic assembly led by Gill Rowlands from EMTAS and our KS2 children who explained the meaning of sanctuary and the importance of providing a safe space for all those who seek support and acceptance.
Our children gave a stunning and emotive performance of the song Universal child.
I'm gonna try to find a way to keep you safe from harm
I'm gonna be a special place, a shelter from the storm
And I can see you, you're everywhere, your portrait fills the sky
I'm gonna wrap my arms around you, my universal child
The lyrics are incredibly reflective of the ethos that we are embedding here at St Philip's.