Wardle Academy becomes the first school in Manchester to achieve ‘School of Sanctuary’ status

During the Summer holidays – Wardle Academy applied to become a School of Sanctuary.

A School of Sanctuary is a school that helps its students, staff and the 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.

Wardle Academy is a school that is proud to be a place of safety and inclusion for all.

A school of Sanctuary means that Wardle Academy is now part of a movement committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution.

Wardle Academy works hard to ensure equal opportunities for every student. This means that there is a need for certain provision to be offered to students from diverse backgrounds. One such provision is Wardle Academy’s EAL department. The English as an Additional Language (EAL) department provides support to those students who do not have English as their first language.

The support provided for these students has been exceptional, and it is because of this hard work and dedication that the school is delighted to announce that it has been awarded ‘School of Sanctuary’ Status – the first school in Manchester to do so. The programme began in Yorkshire, England, but there are now Schools of Sanctuary in Wales and Ireland as well.

Wardle Academy’s EAL Co-Ordinator, Jenny Tetlow said:

“Wardle Academy has worked extremely hard over the past 3 years, welcoming refugees and Asylum Seekers from all over the world.

The Accreditation for School of Sanctuary means so much to me personally, as it recognises the excellent practice that goes on within the school, which then reflects in the happiness of all our EAL students.”

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Wardle Academy, EAL coordinator, Ms Tetlow and Director of the City of Sanctuary, Charles Kwaku-Odoi.

Wardle Academy was presented the Award during a school community assembly.

During the Assembly, a group of EAL students spoke of the impact that the EAL provision at the school has had on them and helped to further educate some of the other students by explaining about refugees and their own personal journeys into the UK. The students were then joined on stage by Rebecca Whitehead, local singer/songwriter, who was touched by the student’s personal struggles and composed a song dedicated to them. This was sung live to a rapturous audience, who were moved by the performance.

The award was then presented to Ms Tetlow and Mrs Fisher, Headteacher, by Charles Kwaku-Odoi, Director of the City of Sanctuary, Manchester.