School of Sanctuary

Willow Tree Primary School are currently working towards the Schools of Sanctuary Award. This ensures that our school is a place that fosters a culture of welcome and safety for people seeking sanctuary, including asylum seeking and refugee families. It ensures we educate the whole school community about building empathy and intercultural awareness


We support the ‘City of Sanctuary’ vision that the UK will be a welcoming place of safety for all and proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence and persecution. We endorse the City of Sanctuary Charter, and agree to act in accordance with City of Sanctuary values and apply the network principles within our work (as far as our specific context enables us to).

We recognise the contribution of people seeking sanctuary. Sanctuary seekers are welcomed, included and supported within our context. We expect our branches or local groups (if any) to support their local City of Sanctuary group if one exists, and will facilitate contact between them and their local City of Sanctuary group.”


​We are dedicated to providing a safe welcoming environment to those who are in need of sanctuary. This can be for anyone who is looking for a space they need to feel safe in school, those seeking a space from troubles at home to those who have sought asylum from danger in their own country.

We are such a wonderfully diverse school with pupils, families and staff from all different backgrounds. Together we strive to:-

LEARN about what it means to be seeking sanctuary

TAKE POSITIVE ACTION to embed concepts of welcome, safety and inclusion within school and the wider community

SHARE our vision and achievements – and to be proud of being part of Willow Tree Primary School and the community we live and work in!