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School's kindness praised.

A primary school in Wolverhampton has officially become a School of Sanctuary - demonstrating that it is a safe and welcoming place for all.

The school received the award from the National City of Sanctuary movement after showing that it extends a warm welcome to all cultures, backgrounds and faiths, and that children, staff and the wider school community understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary.

A School of Sanctuary is one that helps people whose lives were in danger in their own country, who have troubles at home or are just looking for a space of warmth and safety.

It is also a school which extends a warm welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of the school community with an emphasis on supporting every child and family's dignity.

Headteacher Lisa Thompson said: "We are really humbled to have been recognised as a School of Sanctuary.

"We work really hard at St. Andrew's to provide the best possible life chances for all of our pupils and a huge part of this is supporting families.

"Working towards the award has enabled us to develop our understanding of what it means to be a family needing sanctuary. We aim to offer a warm welcome to all our families and to listen to them to ensure their individual needs are met.

"When children join St. Andrew's, they become part of the St. Andrew's family."

There are now seven Schools of Sanctuary in Wolverhampton.

Others include West Park, Dunstall Hill, Bantock and St Luke's primary schools, Colton Hills School and Windsor Nursery School.

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Publication:Express and Star (Wolverhampton, England)
Date:Jul 20, 2019
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