School of Sanctuary Award

St Alphonsus’ Catholic Primary School is delighted to be awarded the School of Sanctuary award. We received this prestigious award on 20th March 2019 at a ceremony in Middlesbrough Town Hall.

What is a School of Sanctuary?

A School of Sanctuary is a school committed to offering a safe and welcoming place for all, especially for whose lives are in danger in their own country or who have troubles at home or are just looking for a space of safety.

A School of Sanctuary helps its students, staff and the 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.

With over 100 ‘cities of sanctuary’ across the UK, the Tees Valley is recognised for its groundbreaking Schools of Sanctuary stream, with many other areas following their lead and using their assessment framework.

What it means to St Alphonsus’ Catholic Primary School

Receiving the School of Sanctuary Award is a fantastic achievement for the pupils, staff and Governors of St Alphonsus’ Catholic Primary School. We pride ourselves in providing a place where all pupils feel welcomed, valued and above all, safe.

Part of the school’s engagement includes the Young Interpreters Group at St Alphonsus, who are a group of bilingual and multilingual children who represent a number of the different cultures and languages in our school. Through their supportive network, and using their skills and experiences, the children work hard to ensure newly arrived children and their families settle into our school, acting as interpreters and indeed an invaluable tool to both children and adults.

 Receiving this award is a great honour which recognises the continuous hard work of dedicated staff and pupils who all play a vital part in ensuring new arrivals to our school are happy, settle quickly and are given the tools to help them to access their learning.

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