What is a School of Sanctuary?

A School of Sanctuary is a school that is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for all, especially 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.

A School of Sanctuary is a school that helps its students, staff and wider community understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary and to extend a welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of the school community. It is a school that is proud to be a place of safety and inclusion for all.

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

  1. Learn about what it means to be seeking sanctuary.
  2. Take positive action to embed concepts of welcome, safety and inclusion within your school and the wider community.
  3. Share your vision and achievements – be proud!


At Mersey Park

We are very proud to be a School of Sanctuary and welcome everyone to our school as equal members of the community.


A number of our pupils were invited to present the work we have been doing at Mersey Park Primary School to other agencies and schools. Here is a video of their presentation.


The children involved in this specific program of work have overcome many barriers and are learning alongside their peers. Here’s some of the work they have produced: