At Bantock, we will not tolerate less favourable treatment of anyone on the grounds of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, age and religion or belief.
Through our school ethos (SHINE) we will work towards:
- A common vision
- A sense of belonging for all
- Similar life opportunities for all
- Strong and positive relationships between different communities
For this reason, the pupils, inc at Bantock Primary have created their own “Equality & Diversity Charter”
What is a School of Sanctuary?
A School of Sanctuary is a school that is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for all, especially 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.
A School of Sanctuary is a school that helps its students, staff and wider community understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary and to extend a welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of the school community. It is a school that is proud to be a place of safety and inclusion for all.
There are three simple principles to being a School of Sanctuary:
- Learn about what it means to be seeking sanctuary.
- Take positive action to embed concepts of welcome, safety and inclusion within your school and the wider community.
- Share your vision and achievements – be proud!
At Bantock Primary School
We are very proud to have achieved School of Sanctuary status and welcome everyone to our school as equal members of the community.
Some of the great things that we do at Bantock Primary School:
- Celebrate International Refugee Day
- Celebrate International Roma Day
8th April is International Romani Day – a day to celebrate Romani culture and to raise awareness of the issues faced by Romani people over time.
Miss Bibiana and Miss Gulasova presented a whole school assembly all about the Romani culture. They taught us about famous Romani people such as Charlie Chaplin and Pablo Picasso; they told us where Romani people came from and they played us Romani Music!
- Pupil assemblies
The pupils at Bantock produce and present their own assemblies about important topics such as diversity – where we explain what diversity is and why it is so important; and new beginnings – where we discuss what it means to be new somewhere and how we can help people who are new to the country, to Wolverhampton or to our school, to make them feel welcome!
- Celebrate our diversity
At Bantock, did you know that our children can speak over 40 different languages? We are a very unique school with a diverse set of languages and cultures. We celebrate our differences because we are proud of them. Here is our school choir at the Wolverhampton Schools Diversity Celebration singing our song, ‘SHINE’.
On Febuary 2018, Inderjit Bhogal OBE—the founder and president of City of Sanctuary—came to Bantock to present the award during our fantastic pupil assembly.
Shonte, Amelia, Manuela and Masiya from Year 4 presented their own assembly all about what School of Sanctuary means to them.
This award recognises all the hard work that the staff and children do in making Bantock Primary School such a welcoming and happy place for children from different backgrounds, cultures, countries and religions. We are proud of our diversity and we always ensure that
everyone at Bantock has the chance to SHINE! Take a look at our new display in the school entrance hall and listen to what the children have to say! The Express and Star also came to take a photograph for the newspaper. Found out what they said here, https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/wolverhampton/2018/02/19/school-celebrates-award-recognising-it-as-safe-place-for-refugee-children/
Parent Chatter Sessions
Parent sessions to take place, with the support of the Parent Ambassadors, to assist them in matters such as understanding school practice, gaining knowledge of internet safety and seeking legal advice.
Rights Respecting School
Convention on the Rights of the Child
2 – No discrimination
3 – Best interests of the child
4 – Making rights real
5 – Family Guidance as children develop
6 – Life, survival and development
7 – Name and nationality
8 – Identity
9 – Keeping families together
11 – Protection from kidnapping
19 – Protection from violence
22 – Refugee children
23 – Children with disabilities
25 – Review of a child’s placement
27 – Food, clothing, a safe home
32 – Protection from harmful work
33 – Protection from harmful drugs
34 – Protection from sexual abuse
35 – Prevention of sale and trafficking
36 – Protection from exploitation
37 – Children in detention
38 – Protection in war
39 – Recovery and reintegration
40 – Children who break the law