College of Sanctuary status


Halesowen College has retained its College of Sanctuary status for being a welcoming place for all, especially those seeking sanctuary.

Halesowen was only the second College in the country to receive this recognition in 2019.

The College was recognised for the way it helps its students, staff and the wider community. It supports people who are seeking asylum, who have troubles at home or who are just looking for a place of safety.

The College organises a range of clubs and enrichment groups including LGBTQ+, Chess, Warhammer and Lego. It also works closely with ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) students with a reading buddies scheme, football games and tournaments, craft club and a summer programme.

Erika Walkington, Schools Hub Manager at Halesowen College, said: “It is fantastic that we can show how welcoming and inclusive the College is. We allow people to be themselves where they can learn and flourish, have equality of opportunity and we celebrate diversity.”

Barbara Forbes, Co-ordinator for Birmingham Schools and Colleges of Sanctuary, said: “Halesowen College provides support to students from all over the world, allowing them to gain confidence, improve their self-esteem and develop holistically to prepare them for their future.”




Posted: 29th November 2023

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