School of Sanctuary

Archibald First School is a School of Sanctuary. 

Schools of Sanctuary is an initiative which aims to:

  • promote positive attitudes within schools and their communities around people seeking sanctuary
  • support schools to take positive steps and to be proud of being places of safety and inclusion for all
  • recognise and celebrate schools that are committed to welcoming and supporting people seeking sanctuary.

A School of Sanctuary is a school that helps its students, staff and 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.

​A School of Sanctuary is a school that aims to create a safe environment that includes everybody in school, regardless of where people come from or what they look like.

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 where they can feel safe.

Archibald First School has signed the organisational pledge:-

“We support the ‘City of Sanctuary’ vision that the UK will be a welcoming place of safety for all and proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence and persecution.

We endorse the City of Sanctuary Charter, and agree to act in accordance with City of Sanctuary values and apply the network principles within our work (as far as our specific context enables us to).

We recognise the contribution of people seeking sanctuary. Sanctuary seekers are welcomed, included and supported within our context. We expect our branches or local groups (if any) to support their local City of Sanctuary group if one exists, and will facilitate contact between them and their local City of Sanctuary group.”