The King’s CE School in Tettenhall has become the latest in Wolverhampton to be designated a ‘School of Sanctuary’.

It received the award from the City of Sanctuary UK movement after showing that it extends a warm welcome to everyone, and that children, staff and the wider school community understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary.

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Work, said: “We are encouraging all schools and early years settings across Wolverhampton to become Schools of Sanctuary as part of our wider City of Sanctuary programme.

“We have worked closely with The King’s CE School and I am delighted it has achieved this accolade, joining our existing Schools of Sanctuary which include West Park Primary, Bantock Primary, St Luke’s CE Primary, Dunstall Hill Primary, St Andrews Primary, Colton Hills Community School and Windsor Nursery.”

Schools can apply to become a School of Sanctuary by demonstrating to City of Sanctuary UK that they have implemented 3 key principles – that they help people understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary and the issues surrounding forced migration, that they create a safe and inclusive culture of welcome for everyone, and that they share their values and activities with their local communities.

The King’s CE School Headteacher Joy Langley said: “We are delighted to have received School of Sanctuary status.

“This award celebrates who we are as a school. Our vision talks about building a unified, harmonious and respectful community and this award is a recognition of The King’s being a school where everyone is welcomed and fully inclusive; somewhere where your background is celebrated and you can be nurtured and supported on your journey of education.

“The principles of School of Sanctuary are embedded across all aspects of school life including our diverse curriculum and in school and community events.”

Councillor Hardacre added: “We currently have an additional 18 schools going through the School of Sanctuary accreditation process this year, and I would urge other schools that are not already involved to get in touch with the council to find out more.”

The Schools of Sanctuary programme is part of the City of Sanctuary UK movement, committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. For more information, please visit City of Sanctuary UK