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Nottingham has its first School of Sanctuary

We were delighted to present the Bluecoat Aspley Academy this week with their award certificate.  Cherry Pearce, English teacher at the Academy and EAL coordinator for the Archway Learning Trust said “We are thrilled to receive this award after many years hard work and look forward to working with Nottingham City of Sanctuary in the future.  The concept of sanctuary is at the heart of all that we do and therefore is embedded in the culture and ethos of the school”

The school has engaged with experts in the field of refugee transition and settling and has invested in external training from EAL and refugee consultants and have achieved Advanced Practitioner in EAL status. The assessment team saw a calm school with a clear commitment to inclusivity and welcome for all with an ongoing commitment to ongoing CPL for all staff.  The school believes that the enriched student diversity is what makes the Academy so special and that each pupil has a valued role in its family.


In the photo are the Principal, Cath Rowell, EAL coordinator Cherry Pearce and Jane Burd from Nottingham City of Sanctuary.