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Jane Austen is a School of Sanctuary

Published on 04/07/17

Jane Austen College has been officially recognised as a safe place for all students, including refugees fleeing conflict or persecution.

The academy was one of the first to be awarded School of Sanctuary status in a ceremony on Friday, June 22.

The scheme recognises schools that have taken positive action to make their community welcoming and inclusive to students from around the globe.

Jane Austen’s school council took the lead on the project, creating guidebooks for new students and updating signage around the school.

Students learned about what it’s like to be a refugee in geography, MFL, and philosophy lessons, and celebrated Refugee Week in June with documentaries, games, and a fundraising cake sale.

School councillors Darcy Ward and Daisy Flynn collected the award from MP Clive Lewis in the ceremony at Avenue Junior School, which was attended by the Lord Mayor of Norwich and representatives from Norwich’s refugee community.

Principal Claire Heald said: “I was very proud to see our school recognised as one of the country's first Schools of Sanctuary.

“This award is very much in keeping with the school's community ethos and our school values, such as respect.”