Schools of Sanctuary at Avenue Junior School

Led by Mr Rose-Brown, our school was instrumental in launching Schools of Sanctuary locally and is the hub of a network of Norfolk schools committed to helping our communities better understand refugee migration and to responding positively to support refugee communities.

Fourteen schools in the county have now been recognised with the award and we were proud to host the launch event in June 2017 at which ourselves and 6 other schools were awarded this status by Clive Lewis MP.

To date we are very proud to have achieved so much in our journey to become a School of Sanctuary. Our achievements have included:

  • Initiating the local Schools of Sanctuary network and hosting the launch event at which Clive Lewis MP awarded the first seven schools in the county their Schools of Sanctuary status.
  • Supporting local families who have fled the Syrian conflict and resettled in Norwich. We have raised more than £3000 to purchase new mattresses for these families, created cards to welcome them to our community and created Arabic-English resources for their nursery age children.
  • Mentoring a local person who have sought sanctuary to gain skills and employment.
  • Developing several projects that explore Norfolk’s rich history as a place of sanctuary and give the children the opportunity to respond creatively and artistically to their learning.
  • Embedding our commitment to the Schools of Sanctuary principles in to the curriculum.
  • Sharing our work and our learning with other schools locally and nationally. Our pupils and Mr Rose-Brown give an annual lecture about Schools of Sanctuary too trainee teachers at the University of East Anglia

You can find out much more about the many different strands of our Schools of Sanctuary work by reviewing our application to be re-awarded as a School of Sanctuary in 2021.

NSoS AJS Application 2020-21

Sanctuary A Safe Place