Copley Primary School

Valley Of Sanctuary Project


We have been doing lots of work in school to educate our children on the lives of refugees.


We have worked closely with Calderdale Valley of Sanctuary who take pride in offering a place of safety for refugees and celebrating asylum seekers' and refugees' contributions to Calderdale.


Click the link here to find out more about our work with the Valley of Sanctuary. Mrs Hemingway and Mr Moorhouse talk about the work we've been doing in school.


Our children have recently raised over £1500 for St. Augustine's Centre in Halifax to help support people seeking asylum in Halifax.


We are working to become a School of Sanctuary.


Schools of Sanctuary are a national network of over 300 primary and secondary schools all committed to creating a culture of welcome and inclusion for refugees and people seeking asylum.

Driven by teachers, school staff, parents, governors and community groups, this network supports the thousands of young people seeking sanctuary in the UK, raises awareness of the issues facing people in the asylum system, challenges misconceptions and builds social cohesion.⁣


To be eligible for the award, schools must demonstrate that they have implemented three key principles:

  1. LEARN Schools help their students, staff and wider community learn about what it means to be seeking sanctuary and the issues surrounding forced migration.
  2. EMBED Schools are committed to creating a safe and inclusive culture of welcome that benefits everybody, including anyone in their community seeking sanctuary.
  3. SHARE Schools share their values and activities with their local communities.



To find out more, please visit Calderdale Valley of Sanctuary website