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St Chad’s Catholic Primary School in Newtown is Birmingham’s first School of Sanctuary.

The school put together a portfolio showing the ways in which they offer support to children from asylum-seeking and refugee families. The award was presented to the Head Teacher Matthew Tehan at their final assembly on Friday 18th July.

As well as providing a welcoming and safe environment, the school encourages pupils to make formal written applications to be Language Buddies for new arrivals and has a well-developed EAL policy. Also included in the portfolio were photographs from the pupils’ collections for St Chad’s Sanctuary (a city-centre support centre for asylum seekers) and the recent visit of the Bishop of Eritrea as well statements showing how both pupils and parents are supported. The whole of Year 6 was involved in a theatre workshop when the Rep showed the play “Refugee Boy” in April and was praised highly by the theatre’s educational staff.

School of Sanctuary Certificate
St Chad's School Assembly