Bradford Schools of Sanctuary (SoS) is part of the fast-growing, national stream of Schools of Sanctuary.  Currently there is no Schools Worker in post, though we hope to make an appointment shortly.   If you have an urgent query, please contact Will Sutcliffe, Chair of Bradford City of Sanctuary.  Telephone: 07505 053149;  E-mail: [email protected].

SoS is an awareness-raising project.  We work 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 welcome to join the project.

The project is endorsed by the University of Bradford, School of Health Studies.  We are grateful to our funders for 2018/19,  the National Lottery  – Awards for All and via Bradford City Council, the Controlling Migration Fund.


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


Refugee Week, 2018

Schools played a big part in Bradford Refugee Week, 2018.

Refugee Week 2018 poster

The competition to design a cover image for RW18 was won by Jahid Malik, from Lapage Primary School and Nursery.  Jahid’s design was then turned into a poster by graphic designer, Mike Barrett.   Counterpoint Arts, the national Refugee Week organisation, chose the poster image as the cover for Stimela, an on-line compilation of music, to celebrate 20 years of Refugee Week.  We were all delighted!

Two schools, Dixons Music Primary and St Cuthbert and the First Martyrs’ Catholic Primary School, entertained us with songs at the Launch at the Margaret McMillan Tower, on 18 June.

Schools were well represented in the My Dream art exhibition for Refugee Week.  There was work from Dixons  Music Primary, Glenaire Primary School and St Bede’s & St Joseph’s Catholic College.   For more information see the Refugee Week Art Exhibition 2018 page.


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 urgent queries, please contact Will Sutcliffe on [email protected]