We are very proud to be a “School of Sanctuary” in Liverpool for a second time. Watch the video above, written by the children, to find out some of the things that make our school special.

Being a School of Sanctuary means we have been recognised for providing a safe, inclusive and welcoming place for everyone, including anyone 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.

Our ambition is to help our children and their families, staff and the community to understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary and to extend a warm welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of our school community.

We always welcome any suggestions or ideas parents may have to support this. Please speak to Head Teacher Mr. Horne or family Link Worker Mrs J Ireland.

Pupil Wellbeing

Here at Smithdown, we recognise that children’s physical, mental and emotional health is key both to their academic success and their future levels of life satisfaction. It is a golden thread that runs through all we do. Below is a sample of some of the things we do at Smithdown to ensure our children are able to grow and flourish into amazing citizens of the future.

  • An exciting and engaging curriculum.
  • A culture of support that runs throughout the school.
  • We recognise and celebrate all achievements.
  • We provide access to playtherapy in our specialist therapy room.
  • We provide access to horse therapy.
  • ROAR.
  • We have a trained counsellor on staff to support children and parents/carers.
  • Child massage sessions are delivered by a trained staff member.
  • The Bag of Worries enables children to access support.
  • Think Yourself Great sessions.
  • Assemblies (healthy eating, hygiene, strangers, kindness, being a friend etc.)
  • Visitors to school ( e.g. non-binary author; Gangman – get away, get safe; Police – fireworks/strangers, Bullybusters; road safety-Slow Down for Bobby; COGs-mental health).
  • Daily toothbrushing in Nursery and Reception.
  • Calm breakout spaces.
  • Subsidised breakfast club.
  • Bagels on the gate.
  • Support for families – family learning, ESOL, vocational training, curriculum sessions, bespoke support with housing and benefits, bespoke support with attendance and punctuality, open door policy for concerns, close links with school health/social services/family support.