A Preston primary school is the first School of Sanctuary in the city

Posted on - 6th December, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Plungington, Politics, Preston News, Schools, University campus
English Martyr's is the first School of Sanctuary Pic: Google
English Martyr’s is the first School of Sanctuary Pic: Google

A primary school in Preston is to be recognised for having a ‘culture of acceptance and support’.


Lancashire’s first Schools of Sanctuary are being declared and English Martyr’s Catholic Primary School is one of three.

Lancashire County Council will present staff and students from the Sizer Street school in the Plungington area with a certificate in recognition of their work.

Cabinet member for children, young people and schools county councillor Sue Charles said: “I am very proud of these schools that have achieved the School of Sanctuary status.

“Being recognised nationally for being a safe, welcoming, inclusive environment for our children, their families and the wider community is an accolade to be proud of.

“Lancashire schools welcome and value everyone. We want every child to feel supported and able to reach their full potential. Programmes like this really do have a positive impact on the children, shaping their views and understanding of others who share their world.

“I certainly hope that there will be many more schools in the future being able to demonstrate such worthwhile values.”

Read more: Preston officially becomes a City of Sanctuary

A School of Sanctuary is defined as one that is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for everyone.

It 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.

Schemes set up by English Martyr’s, and the two other schools, both in Lancaster, include a language buddy initiative. This pairs up pupils with another child who shares the same language as them.

Read more: This Preston school is third best in the UK

The presentation will take place at County Hall on Thursday (7 December).

Schools of Sanctuary is part of the City of Sanctuary movement, which Preston has signed up to.

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