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Place of safety – Oasis Academy Connaught accredited with School of Sanctuary status

Place of safety – Oasis Academy Connaught accredited with School of Sanctuary status

A primary school in the heart of Knowle West, Bristol has received an abundance of praise this week after they we accredited with the School of Sanctuary status, and will hold this title for the next four years.

Schools of Sanctuary is a growing network with more than 300 primary and secondary schools all committed to supporting the thousands of young people seeking sanctuary in the UK, creating a culture of welcome, and raising awareness of the issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers.

High aspirations and expectations – during the application process the academy must show and highlight how they would engage and work with sanctuary seekers. Oasis Academy Connaught model and set high aspirations and expectations for every child and young person and member of staff, including striving for personal as well as academic success and achieving outcomes that drive social mobility, and give everyone freedom of choice through their lives.

Zak Willis, Teacher & Deputy Designated Safeguarding at Oasis Academy Connaught, commented saying; “We are very pleased to have been presented with a place of safety award by the City of Sanctuary movement for our ongoing commitment for each and every child in our care, which is at the heart of the Oasis Academy Connaught ethos.”

To achieve the ‘School of Sanctuary’ status you must visibly demonstrate that you provide an inclusive space for children while also establishing an environment that celebrates cultural diversity, and Oasis Academy Connaught have done just that.

The academy supports its pupils, staff and the wider community to understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary and to extend a welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of the school community.

Daniel Marsh