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We are proud to be Portsmouth’s first School of Sanctuary

Back in May, we applied to become a School of Sanctuary and in June we were honoured to be invited to take part in the celebration that marked part of Portsmouth’s launch to become a City of Sanctuary.

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 Admiral Lord Nelson School family.

As featured in the Portsmouth News this week, we are delighted to have now been awarded this achievement from the national City of Sanctuary movement. This demonstrates our commitment to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment within our school family.

Our performance ambassadors with Shamila Dhana (British Red Cross) Mrs Wisbey, Mrs Hardingham and Malcolm Little (British Red Cross).

Malcolm Little, the Head of the Portsmouth Red Cross presented Mrs Hardingham with the certificate at a small gathering earlier this week and said,

“Having the first school of sanctuary in Portsmouth just shows how far we have come since the launch and it is important that youngsters are on board with this movement as they are the ones who will grow up and share their ideas with their families and further afield.”

Malcolm Little from the British Red Cross signing the certificate.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Share our vision and achievements – be proud!

“To achieve this status it was more about reflection for us and it is amazing that we have now got the certificate. When I read the criteria for becoming a school of sanctuary I thought that a lot of the values already aligned with how we operate in the school and how important it is to teach and learn about inclusivity.”

– Mrs Wisbey

You can learn more about Portsmouth’s City of Sanctuary movement here and the movement as a whole here.