School of Sanctuary award
We are extremely proud that Blaise High School has been awarded School of Sanctuary Status by empowering EAL students to achieve their full potential, promoting equality of opportunity, and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum. We ensure that all students feel welcome, safe and valued, and able to fulfil their ambitions.
To achieve this vision, we celebrate the multilingualism of our students and find opportunities in the curriculum, displays and in extracurricular events to recognise the importance of speaking different languages. We recognise that it is important for EAL students to be proud of their first language and to be given opportunities to continue to use it to support their learning.
We will ensure that students with EAL are assessed as soon as they arrive in the school and receive the appropriate support in the school to acquire the English language skills, they need to fully access the curriculum as quickly and effectively as possible.
We recognise that the Equality Act 2010 places obligations on the school not to discriminate on grounds of any protected characteristics, and to promote good relations between students from different backgrounds. We want students with EAL to be able to take a full part in the life of the school and to feel included in the classroom and in all day-to-day activities.
Judith Prosser, EAL Coordinator