10 Jan

St David's Accredited by Citizens UK as a 'Refugees Welcome' College

Citizens UK and NASUWT have come together to "grow a movement of pupils, teachers, school leaders, trade unionists and community organisers across the country working together to make our schools and communities places of welcome."


St David’s Catholic College is one of only three institutions in Cardiff to be accredited by Citizens UK and NASUWT Teachers Union as Refugees Welcome.


Refugees welcome schools commit to three things:

  • A Refugee Welcome Plan: to make sure those seeking sanctuary in our school and wider community experience a warm and generous welcome;
  • A Refugee Awareness Plan: to educate all of our pupils, staff and community on the issue of refugees and the importance of providing a welcome
  • A Refugee Action Plan: to participate in community campaigns that improve the lives of refugees in the UK.


The award was presented to Geraint Williams, our representative from the College, by Cllr Sarah Merry who is Deputy Leader of Cardiff Council and Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills.

The presentation was made at a Refugees Welcome Schools Summit, which was hosted by the College. Volunteers from the College's Deiniol House were in attendance, as well as representatives from partner schools, other schools in Cardiff, community leaders from the Archdioceses of Cardiff and many other institutions.

At the summit, St David’s College, Cathays High School and Fitzalan High School discussed their action plans as part of their accreditation and attendees had the opportunity to meet to discuss ideas.

We look forward to putting our plans into action and to seeing the project develop across the UK.


(Yn y llun o'r chwith i'r dde: Geraint Williams (cynrychiolydd athro Coleg Dewi Sant), y Cynghorydd Sarah Merry a Dean Williams (cynrychiolydd myfyriwr Coleg Dewi Sant).