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School Of Sanctuary Award

We are proud to announce that we are a School of Sanctuary

We have worked closely with Salford's EMTAS team throughout 2018 and 2019 to gain accreditation for our good practice and we are working towards a renewal of our School or Sanctuary status in 2022.


We are committed to ensuring that our children and their families, staff and the community understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary and the struggles asylum seekers and refugees face. We extend a welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of our school community.


Light Oaks Infant School is committed to being a welcoming and safe place for all. We are not just a sanctuary for those whose lives were in danger in their own country, but to any pupils who are experiencing difficulties at home or are just needing a place to feel secure and safe. We feel that we provide a nurturing environment for our young children, and that we take the time to make sure we are doing all we can for all our children so that they are settled and happy.


What is a School of 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.


Who has helped us on our journey to gain School of Sanctuary status?

Becoming a School of Sanctuary has involved the whole school:

  • Governors are fully supportive of our commitment to promote positive attitudes within our school.

  • Staff are delivering an excellent curriculum which supports this ethos and helps our children foster awareness and understanding of the cultural contexts within which they and others live.


What are the key principles of being a School of Sanctuary?

There are three simple principles to being a School of Sanctuary:

  1. Learn about what it means to be seeking sanctuary.
  2. Take positive action to embed concepts of welcome, safety and inclusion within your school and the wider community.
  3. Share your vision and achievements – be proud!


See this website:  for more information.


We would welcome any suggestions or ideas parents may have as we continue our School of Sanctuary journey. Please contact Mrs Towers, Mrs Smith or Miss Thelwell for more information or support.