Dereham school recognised for commitment to equality and diversity

Neatherd teacher Nick O’Brien has used Tom Daley’s very public “coming out” as the subject for an ed

Nick O'Brien, assistant headteacher at Neatherd High School - Credit: Archant

A school in Dereham has been awarded a special status for its commitment to ensuring anyone and everyone is welcome.

Neatherd High School is now a 'School of Sanctuary', forming part of a national network striving for better inclusion of refugees and people seeking asylum.

Neatherd High School, Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

Neatherd High School in Dereham has been awarded 'School of Sanctuary' status - Credit: Archant

Having begun its application in 2020, Neatherd joins more than 300 schools nationally and 16 in Norfolk - most of them primaries - which already have the status. 

Nick O'Brien works at the school as assistant headteacher and executive lead for equality, inclusion and diversity.

He said: "We are really proud to be a School of Sanctuary. In the world we live in, it feels an increasingly important thing to do.

Neatherd teacher Nick O’Brien has used Tom Daley’s very public “coming out” as the subject for an ed

Nick O'Brien, assistant headteacher at Neatherd High School - Credit: Archant

"This shows our commitment to challenging ourselves to make school as safe a place as possible. We want to work on our practises and curriculum to include absolutely everyone."

Schools of Sanctuary said the honour recognises dedication to "building a culture of safety, inclusion and hospitality".

Neatherd High School, Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

Dereham Neatherd High School - Credit: Archant