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Mayfield becomes a 'School of Sanctuary'

Mayfield becomes a 'School of Sanctuary'

Whatever your age, wherever the place, making a beginning somewhere new can be an intimidating experience.  Students at Mayfield have been learning about the dangers for refugees travelling over a thousand miles, along with the difficulties of transition, and have subsequently made a number of changes to make the academy as welcoming as possible, while running an appeal for the Refugee Crisis.  In recognition of their efforts, Oasis Academy Mayfield has now been awarded a ‘School of Sanctuary.’

Award recognises school's work on being welcoming, inclusive and safe

To be designated a ‘School of Sanctuary’, a school commits to be a safe and welcoming place for those seeking sanctuary. This could be people whose lives were in danger in their own country, who have troubles at home or are just looking for a space of safety. 

At Oasis Academy Mayfield students have been learning what it means to ‘seek sanctuary,’ why people become refugees and why many need protection and help.  The academy has been visited by some of the Oasis charity’s team in Belgium to learn about their work supporting refugees, and their work raising awareness of human trafficking. The students have also run an academy appeal for the Refugee Crisis.

Following on from what they have learned they have taken action to embed an ethos of welcome, safety and inclusion within the school and the wider community.  New students and teachers are welcomed to the school, inclusion of everyone is a priority, and both inside and out of lessons students are raising awareness and providing support to refugees and vulnerable people in the local community.

Commenting on the award Principal of Oasis Academy Mayfield, Phil Humphreys, says: “We are honoured that Oasis Academy Mayfield has been recognised as a ‘School of Sanctuary.’  As one of our core ideals at the academy is the importance of inclusion, the commitment that every student is valued and given the opportunities they need to flourish, it doesn’t surprise me that our young people so readily took on the responsibility to provide an environment of sanctuary.’

‘As a school we have learned so much about the difficulties others around the world face, and together we are united in doing what we can to help the refugee crisis and those in our local community.  We are extremely proud to be a place of safety and inclusion for all.’