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Beech Hill School Becomes First School of Sanctuary in Calderdale

Beech Hill School is the first in the borough to achieve ‘School of Sanctuary’ status, an initiative organised UK-wide by City of Sanctuary and supported by the local group, Calderdale Valley of Sanctuary. Calderdale Mayor, Cllr Angie Gallagher, presented the award.

(photo by Roger O’Doherty)

A School of Sanctuary helps its students, staff and wider community understand what it means to seek sanctuary, welcomes everyone as equal, valued members of the school community, and shares their vision and achievements with others.

 Lesley Bowyer, Former Assistant Director of Education, Calderdale Council said:

“Beech Hill has a long-standing reputation for being an inclusive school that serves a large and diverse community.  They are highly skilled at welcoming children new to England from many different backgrounds and life experiences.”

The staff and pupils learn about the many positive aspects of welcoming people seeking asylum and refugees and are working hard to support new families settling into the local area. They hold workshops that encourage integration within the community and celebrate the diversity of their student base through multicultural events and festivals. They also organise joint activities with their partner school to develop an awareness of other ethnic groups, sharing best practices and promoting community cohesion.

Lisa, the Schools of Sanctuary Coordinator from Calderdale Valley of Sanctuary, said: 

“We are thrilled that Beech Hill is being presented with the prestigious Schools of Sanctuary award.  The Appraisal Panel was impressed with Beech Hill’s commitment, enthusiasm and inclusive policies and practice which demonstrate their culture of welcome.”

For more information, please contact Lisa [email protected].

(photo by Roger O’Doherty)

About Schools of Sanctuary
Schools of Sanctuary is the fastest-growing programme within the City of Sanctuary network. There are currently nearly 350 awarded schools, colleges and nurseries, all committed to providing support to the thousands of young people seeking sanctuary in the UK and creating a culture of welcome and inclusion for all refugees and people seeking asylum.

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Watch this gorgeous video from the event:

(created by Matt Radcliffe)

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