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Autumn Term update – 2020

As schools begin to return and everyone begins to work towards a “new normal”, Bradford Schools of Sanctuary will continue to work to support schools across the district.

We know schools have been working to ensure the safety and well being of their communities and we will be continuing to develop resources and information to support this work.

The Schools of Sanctuary award is available to all schools, and is a great opportunity to celebrate best practice, innovation and a whole-school approach to being a place of sanctuary for all who need it.

For more information, please get in touch with Sarah at [email protected]


Bradford Refugee Week  2020 

Bradford Schools of Sanctuary worked with the University of Bradford and four Bradford Secondary Schools to create an online exhibition for Refugee Week 2020.
The exhibition explores issues of representation and showcases the amazing work created by the Year 10 pupils who took part, and is available here:
Originally the exhibition was going to be hosted by Theatre in the Mill on Centenary Square during Refugee Week, however COVID 19 restrictions required a quick turnaround to get the work online. We are grateful to Dr Karen Thornton and her colleague Chris Hazell at the University of Bradford, who did an incredible job of creating such a valuable online resource.
The work of the young people involved is extremely insightful, emotional and very powerful. Their objects and their words tell us a lot about their world. THIS IS ME
 School Resources – Refugee Week 2020
Refugee Week 2020 – Children and Young People’s Resource Pack – HERE 
Refugee Week at Home, Resources for 7-11 year olds from Amnesty International
Simple Acts – get involved – HERE
Film Resources – all age groups – HERE
Book Resources – all age groups – HERE
Sending Solidarity – simple actions from Refugee Support Network

Learning Resources:

We have compiled a list of interesting and engaging learning resources for varied age, subject and KS groups:

Bradford Peace Museum: 

Bradford Media Museum:

First Art (check out the artists involved!):

Red Cross:



Visit museums around the world:


Bradford Schools of Sanctuary (SoS) is part of the fast-growing, national stream of Schools of Sanctuary. 

The Bradford Schools Coordinator supports schools in preparing and applying for the Schools of Sanctuary award, working with schools to increase understanding of why people become refugees, the realities of life as an asylum seeker or refugee and the contributions which new migrants make to the local community. 

All Bradford schools – with or without students from asylum seeker / refugee backgrounds – are encouraged to join the project and apply for the award.

To find out more about resources and applying for the Schools of Sanctuary award, please email the project coordinator at [email protected]

Launch of Refugee Week Poster, 2018, at Lapage Primary School and Nursery. Photo by courtesy of the Bradford Telegraph & Argus.


The School of Sanctuary award is available to all school in the Bradford district.

Schools need to:

  1. Learn about what it means to be seeking sanctuary and about the lives of asylum seekers and refugees in the UK.
  2. Embed this knowledge and understanding in the curriculum and the daily life of the school.
  3. Share this new knowledge with the school’s wider community.

There are some simple criteria but we recognise that schools will approach this work in their own way.  Schools have to produce a portfolio of evidence but each portfolio will be different.   Becoming a School of Sanctuary should be a sustainable, whole school effort and as far as possible, should be student-led.

Bradford schools are welcoming and safe places. The award of School of Sanctuary recognises and rewards this good practice.

Support for schools

Schools working towards the award have support from the the Schools Development Worker and input from the Zephaniah Trust and the British Red Cross.

Zephaniah Trust

Refugee Voices performance

Refugee Voices performance

Refugee Voices is a drama/storytelling project, suitable for students from Year 5 upwards. A professional storyteller works with a group of 10-12 students for a week, to prepare a performance, based on refugees’ stories, told in their own words. Alternatively sessions could be held as an after school club for five weeks.  The work culminates in a performance to other students, teachers, or parents, as arranged with the school.

British Red Cross

The British Red Cross, offers up to six two-hour, free sessions on its Anti-Stigma around Migration Programme, for upper juniors and secondary students.  The Youth Education Co-ordinator for West Yorkshire is Abigail Roach.  You can contact her on [email protected].  First Aid training is also available free.


You can find useful resources on the schools page of this web site.  They include the 40 page, illustrated, national School of Sanctuary resource pack .  For a menu of possible activities which can count towards the award please click here Examples of actions.  There is a Book list – mostly fiction – for Early Years to adults.

Bradford Schools with the School of  Sanctuary award.

Carlton Bolling College, Dixons City Academy, Grange Technology College, Horton Grange Primary School, Horton Park Primary School, Oasis Academy Lister Park and St Cuthbert & the First Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School.  More schools will be joining us soon.

All schools in the Bradford district, whatever their form of governance, or location, are invited to join the project.  We really welcome engagement by schools which do not have an ethnically diverse student body.

For any queries, please contact the Schools worker, Sarah on [email protected]