Grove Road Primary School awarded 'School of Sanctuary' status

Headteacher Tony Winfield, MEA Lead Teacher Moia Wood and Deputy Headteacher Chris Parkhouse with Ameera Chowdhury, Aiden Wu, Amelia Kopel & Jakub Szymkowiak (s).
Headteacher Tony Winfield, MEA Lead Teacher Moia Wood and Deputy Headteacher Chris Parkhouse with Ameera Chowdhury, Aiden Wu, Amelia Kopel & Jakub Szymkowiak (s).

Grove Road Primary School has been recognised as a ‘School of Sanctuary’ for families from across the globe, including refugees and asylum seekers.

The school is the first in North Yorkshire to be awarded the status. Grove Road Primary is a Minority Ethnic Achievement Hub school and provides an outreach service for primary and secondary schools acrosss the Harrogate and Craven district to support them in meeting the needs of learners with English as an additional language, and traveller learners (GRT).

Moia Wood, a Specialist Minority Ethnic Achievement teacher believes that the recognition reflects the school’s inclusive ethos.

She said: “We believe in offering a welcome to absolutely everybody and we really celebrate difference here. We are so proud of our children who have come from different countries and of the great progress that they have made. This status is an acknowledgment of all the good that we do here at the school. It is a really big thing for us and everyone is really happy.

“There are 22 languages in school, and over one third of our pupils have English as an additional language.”

Headteacher Tony Winfield said: “We are very fortunate to have such a fantastic team of skilled people based at Grove Road School who do so much outstanding work supporting minority ethnic children and families across the county.”

Pupil Amelia Kopel, 9, said: “It is great when we welcome new children to the school and help them to learn English, make new friends and be happy. I am excited about new children joining my class.”

Deputy Headteacher Chris Parkhouse added: “We are an incredibly diverse and multicultural school, and we are very proud that we have achieved this status. This is very exciting for us, and I am also proud of the work we do here in making sure that we are an inclusive school, and make people feel very welcome. We are passionate about providing high quality education to all of our pupils and this begins with creating a safe space for all. To be recognised as a School of Sanctuary is testament to Grove Road’s inclusive environment where all children are made to feel safe and welcome.”

The school will be presented with its School of Sanctuary status and certificate on October 11 by Melanie Hadida from Leeds City of Sanctuary.

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