Coombe Dean – a ‘School of Sanctuary’

‘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’.

I am very pleased to be able to share the news that Coombe Dean has become the first secondary school in Plymouth to receive the School of Sanctuary award.  The award recognises the work of teaching and support staff across the school, as well as the attitudes of our young people towards others, in particular those who will have faced significant challenges in their lives before, and in some cases since, arriving in the local area to become part of our community.

Highlighted for particular praise was the work of our Inclusion team who provide support for students in and out of lessons; in particular to support the development of the ability of some of our young people to speak English.  We were especially proud when a student that joined us less than two years ago achieved several GCSE qualifications at C grade and above in the summer, showing rapid progress and exemplifying the potential young people have, particularly when they work hard, follow advice, receive support and are encouraged by all.

This is an award for our whole community and one of which we are extremely proud. 


S Koehler-Lewis


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