Harrogate school awarded prestigious School of Sanctuary status

Springwater School in Starbeck has been recognised as a School of Sanctuary for families from across the globe, including refugees and asylum seekers.

Monday, 28th January 2019, 9:33 am
Updated Monday, 28th January 2019, 9:38 am
Jenny Travena, the Chair of Harrogate District of Sanctuary, presented the School of Sanctuary award to the Headteacher of Springwater, Sarah Edwards. Also in attendance was Jane Sidwell, who is the teacher that coordinated the application and collected the evidence.

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After visiting the school to speak to speak to teachers and staff, representatives of the Harrogate District of Sanctuary team said they had no hesitation in granting the award to Springwater, having reviewed their strong portfolio of supporting evidence.

The Chair of the Harrogate District of Sanctuary Group, Jenny Travena, said: “This award recognises the care, thought and energy that Springwater has shown in making their school a safe and welcoming place for all, especially those seeking sanctuary.

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A member of staff at Springwater said: "Springwater is a School of Sanctuary for all, but especially for those who have come from war-torn countries or dangerous situations. We recognise and value our diverse population, as a school but also as a country, and we celebrate our cultural differences at Springwater.

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The school's report also states: “Springwater is a school that is proud to be a place of safety and inclusion for all. The presence of refugees has made a substantial, positive difference to the school.”

Other Harrogate schools have started working towards School of Sanctuary status.