Bradford Schools of Sanctuary is part of the fast-growing, national stream of Schools of Sanctuary. If you want to know more about Bradford Schools of Sanctuary, contact the project development worker, Mary Blacka. Telephone: 07415 307389; E-mail: [email protected].

Schools of Sanctuary has three partners:

The project is also endorsed by the University of Bradford, School of Health Studies.  Schools of Sanctuary is funded by a generous, two-year grant from the Tudor Trust.

Schools of Sanctuary aims to encourage and support all Bradford schools – with or without students from asylum seeker / refugee backgrounds – to achieve the national award of School of Sanctuary.


Students from Oasis Academy Lister Park with the School of Sanctuary certificate

Students from Oasis Academy Lister Park with the School of Sanctuary certificate


2017 Refugee Week Art Exhibition: Our shared future – call for exhibits

The theme of the 2017 Refugee Week Art Exhibition will be Our shared future.  The exhibition will be in Gallery II, University of Bradford, Chesham B Building, Bradford  BD7 1PH, from Monday 20 to Saturday 24 June and on Saturday 1 July.  It will be an all-age, mixed media exhibition, with both individual and collective work.   Exhibits are welcome from schools, individual artists – both students and established artists, and groups of all kinds.  We particularly welcome work from asylum seekers and refugees.  If you would like to register an exhibit please download the Exhibits registration form 2017.

More information from Mary Blacka on [email protected]

School of Sanctuary award for four Bradford Schools

Four schools received the School of Sanctuary award at the launch of Refugee Week 2016.  They are:

Congratulations to all four!

The award ceremony, which was part of the Launch of Bradford Refugee Week. 2016, was well covered by the local newspaper, the Telegraph and Argus.



Whilst there are other ways to contribute to the project, eg submitting work to the art exhibition or taking part in other Refugee Week activities, some schools may be interested in working towards the Sanctuary in Schools award.  Schools of Sanctuary agree:

  1. To learn about what it means to be seeking sanctuary and about the lives of asylum seekers and refuges in the UK.
  2. To embed this knowledge and understanding in the curriculum and the daily life of the school.
  3. To share this new knowledge with the school’s wider community.

To gain the School of Sanctuary award, schools need to compile a portfolio of evidence. Whilst there are some simple criteria for the evidence, we recognise that schools will approach this work in their own way. 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.

We know that Bradford schools are striving to be welcoming and safe places. The award of School of Sanctuary will recognise and reward this good practice.

Support for schools

Schools working towards the award have support from the the Bradford City of Sanctuary 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  more details contact Emily Pickett, Youth Education Co-ordinator for West Yorkshire at [email protected].  Bookings can now be made from February 2017 onwards.  First Aid training is also available free.


The Bradford Schools Pack is composed of a number of different documents, which can be downloaded from the list below.

The 40 page, illustrated, national School of Sanctuary resource pack is available on the Schools pages of this web-site. When you get there, click on ‘Schools of Sanctuary Resource Pack’.

Bradford Schools and the School of Sanctuary award

There are six schools in Bradford with the School of Sanctuary award.  In addition to the four schools which gained the award this year the others are Horton Grange Primary School (2014) and Carlton Bolling College (2015).  There are a further eight schools working on becoming Schools of Sanctuary.  They are are Beckfoot School, Dixons Trinity Academy, Horton Park Primary School, Lapage Primary School and Nursery, Our Lady of Victories Catholic School, St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School and St Matthew’s 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.
More information from Mary Blacka on [email protected]