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School of Sanctuary

Lancashire School of Sanctuary


Why not become a Lancashire School of Sanctuary?

A School of Sanctuary is a school that is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for everyone, especially those seeking sanctuary. They welcome asylum seeking and refugee families into their school community and foster a culture of welcome for all.

This could be people whose lives were in danger in their own country, who have troubles at home or are looking for a place of safety.

Schools awarded this status help pupils, staff, parents and the wider community understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary. They also extend a welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of the school community.

It is for everyone: diverse or homogenous schools, parents, communities, local people and people seeking sanctuary,

It is a school that is proud to be a place of safety and inclusion for all!

There are three simple principles to being a School of Sanctuary


1. Learn about what it means to be seeking sanctuary

2. Take positive action to embed the concepts of welcome, safety and inclusion within your school and the wider community

3. Share your vision and achievements – be proud!     


What we can do to help schools

  • Support the school with staff training  and awareness around asylum/refugee issues and EAL aspects
  • Signpost with local community members and organizations supporting inclusiveness
  • Connect schools across the county
  • Keep an up to date record of the best resources to support you through the process
  • Help support the schools through the journey!!
  • Starter pack will be sent out to you electronically
  • Meetings scheduled in to support
  • When you feel you are ready- go for the award!
  • Celebration supported by Lancashire EM/GRT Achievement Service
  • Enjoy YOUR journey!!!

Contact details


If you are interested in our help in developing a School of Sanctuary initiative at your school, please contact :

Izabela Zalewska-Ratajczak


More information about the School of Sanctuary initiative is available at: