The Boarding Schools' Association (BSA) has written to Prime Minister, David Cameron, on behalf of member schools to offer support to refugee children from Syria. Please click here to read a copy of the letter.
BSA holds a growing list of schools prepared to offer places for children and community support in terms of clothing collection, family support, use of facilities, staff and possible future employment opportunities.
The idea began on Monday 7 September when head of Saint Felix School, Southwold, Fran D'Alcorn, threw out a challenge to independent boarding school colleagues to join her in offering at least two free places to teenage orphaned Syrian refugees entering the country under the scheme being launched by the Prime Minister. BSA released a statement in support:
The Boarding Schools’ Association supports any boarding school who wishes to provide places to teenage orphaned Syrian refugees entering the country under the scheme being launched by the Prime Minister.
We know educating the next generation is key to the future success of any country, not least a war-torn country such as Syria. Our boarding communities can provide a safe haven in which the refugees can have access to a strong network of pastoral support and structure including counsellors while continuing their education – arming them with future skills to fight back again the regime within Syria.
Schools can also act as hubs for the community supporting refugees in others ways such as collecting clothes, offering use of facilities and providing teaching support.
Robin Fletcher, National Director, Boarding Schools’ Association
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