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School of Sanctuary

Admiral Lord Nelson School is applying to become the first School of Sanctuary in Portsmouth. This simply means that our school is exceptionally welcoming to children and families from all backgrounds, faiths and countries.

A School of Sanctuary is a school that is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for all, including 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 as part of the ALNS family.

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.

The City of Portsmouth is working towards the ‘City of Sanctuary’ status and Admiral Lord Nelson School is working towards becoming Portsmouth’s first School of Sanctuary.

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

  1. Learning about what it means to be seeking sanctuary. We explore this through our Aspiring Futures Programme, Personal Development Days, tutor time and our commitment to being a GOLD UNICEF Rights Respecting School.
  2. Take positive action to embed concepts of welcome, safety and inclusion within the school and the wider community. We are proud to be recognised as a truly inclusive school.
  3. Share our vision and achievements – be proud!

We strongly believe it is a vital life skill for children to learn how to get on with people from all backgrounds and this is reflected in our school values, where we embed mutual respect between all members of the school and community. We facilitate being ready to learn about different backgrounds and cultures and being responsible for making sure every child feels safe and welcome at Admiral Lord Nelson School.