School of Sanctuary

MONTPELIER High School has received a  School of Sanctuary Award. Pupils attended an event with the Lord Mayor, Councillor Andrew Varney, to celebrate with other schools that have the status.

The award recognises “good practice in fostering a culture of welcome, belonging and solidarity for those seeking safety”. 

Montpelier High School operates a peer tutoring programme run by the charity Jacari in which sixth-formers volunteer to give language support to younger children who have recently arrived in the country.

At the award ceremony, some MHS students  performed speeches and a song, both in English and in their home languages, sharing details of their own journeys – physical, emotional, and linguistic.