Dereham school recognised for commitment to equality and diversity
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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.
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.
"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".