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School of Sanctuary

As a Unicef Gold Rights Respecting School, we were thrilled to announce that in May 2019 we were awarded School of Sanctuary status.  Our School of Sanctuary journey began with our commitment to being a place of welcome.  Northwood is proud to be a place of safety and inclusion to all; we believe that everyone should feel safe, secure and valued.


How we became a School of Sanctuary:

  • Rights Respecting Pupil Ambassadors lead weekly whole school assemblies
  • Governors, Teaching staff and pupils are fully committed and supportive of the work we do
  • Involvement of parents/carers at our Stay and Learn sessions focusing on refugees and asylum seekers.  Feedback gained from parents/carers on these sessions
  • RRS sessions focusing on Unicef articles


Our plan to move our work forward:

  • Ensure that children suffering from trauma continue to receive additional support
  • Continue to encourage overseas parents to participate in wider school events
  • Achieve and embed all recommendations from the appraisal committee
  • Continue to build our bank of resources: EAL/bilingual books.  Books based on child refugees’ life experiences


All of our pupils are valued as individuals and are equal to one another.  Our school is proud to be helping our pupils, staff and the wider community to understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary.