Dunstall Hill Primary School received School of Sanctuary status at an assembly. Pictured, back left to right, are Deputy Headteacher Lee Fellows, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s English as an Additional Language Teacher Advisor Diana Dabrowska-Gorska, Refugee and Migrant Centre caseworker Mohamed Mustafa and resettlement worker Abigail Mason, Headteacher Darryl Asbury, CEO Amarjit Cheema, and centre, left to right, Head Boy Moheed Niaz and Amanda Newbold, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Head of School Improvement.

Dunstall Hill Primary becomes School of Sanctuary

Dunstall Hill Primary School has become Wolverhampton’s third School of Sanctuary – demonstrating that it is a safe and welcoming place for all.

The school received the accolade from the national City of Sanctuary movement after showing that it extends a warm welcome to everyone, and that students, staff and the wider school community understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary.

A School of Sanctuary is a school that is 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.

It is also a school which extends a warm welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of the school community.

Deputy Headteacher Lee Fellows said: “We are delighted to be named a School of Sanctuary, which promotes the hard work of children, staff and stakeholders to make Dunstall Hill a safe and welcoming place for all.

“Our pupils, staff and governors have developed an awareness about what it means to be a Schools of Sanctuary, and we have developed strong community links with initiatives such as offering English language sessions and signposting families to the correct support.

“We have also developed support for all asylum seekers or refugees so that they have an enhanced induction into our school.”

Councillor Lynne Moran, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “I am delighted that Dunstall Hill Primary School has become Wolverhampton’s third School of Sanctuary.

“The school sets an excellent example for others to follow and I congratulate the staff and pupils for their achievements – and I hope that other schools in our city will be inspired to apply for this status.”

The award was presented to the school at a special assembly recently and joins West Park Primary and Bantock Primary as Schools of Sanctuary.

The Schools of Sanctuary programme is part of the City of Sanctuary Network, a movement spread throughout the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. For more information, please visit https://cityofsanctuary.org/.

If your school would like to become a School of Sanctuary please email diana.dabrowska-gorska@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

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