Schools of Sanctuary

On Friday the 12th of June, everyone in the Schools of Sanctuary programme celebrated A Day of Welcome. This is a day of solidarity and learning in schools that aims to build a culture of welcome and understanding for refugees and asylum seekers. The children in school and at home learned more about why and how refugees travel to our country and how we can make them feel more welcome. They listened to stories and experiences from refugees. They also created their own Welcome posters to show that everyone is welcome within our school community. Now that the school is recognised as a School of Sanctuary, we will continue to celebrate our diverse community throughout the next academic year.

Angel Road Infant School is currently applying for Schools of Sanctuary status, an award which is given to schools who are committed to being a safe and welcoming place for all, especially those seeking sanctuary. This could be people whose lives were in danger in their own country, who have troubles at home or are just looking for a space of safety.

Last year we held several events which celebrated our school as a place of diversity and sanctuary for all, including Belonging Day, our Bring and Share meal and Refugee Week activities. Many of these events will be held again this school year, including Belonging Day on the 28th of November which will involve our Bring and Share meal again. We hope you can join us to meet other parents and share some delicious food.

There is also a Schools of Sanctuary noticeboard in the corridor opposite the children’s kitchen. This will be updated regularly and is a place to find out information if you need support with English skills, information on local refugee charities, such as New Routes  that we have links with, and events that are happening in school.

The application for our status will be handed in at the end of October, and we will keep you informed if we are successful.

Angel Road Infant School staff enjoying our Bring and Share Meal


Belonging Day 2019

We just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone that came and celebrated Belonging day with us on Wednesday the 28th of November. The children had a great day wearing clothes that showed things they belong to and discovering more about where we all belong. The children wrote poetry, stories and created flag wreaths to celebrate the diversity of our school here at Angel Road. We used the book ‘The Day War Came’ by Nicola Davis to stimulate discussion about children who have had to find new places to belong in the world. The Bring and Share Meal after school was so much fun and children and parents enjoyed trying food from around the world. Thank you to all the children, parents, carers and staff who contributed. We are looking forward to next year’s event already!