The Sheffield College has been awarded College of Sanctuary status by the network organisation City of Sanctuary for providing inclusive education and support.

As the largest English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) provider in the city, the College supports asylum seekers back into learning through its ESOL courses.

Around 4,000 adults (aged 19-plus) and 200 young people (16 to 18-year-olds) a year study full-time and part-time ESOL courses.

The courses develop speaking, writing, listening and reading skills and enable students to get into work, gain employment and access further or higher education.

The College of Sanctuary award recognises good practice and the College’s commitment to the values of fairness, respect, equality, diversity, inclusivity and engagement that aim to underpin everything it does.

City of Sanctuary UK works with individuals, groups and organisations in every area and in every sector to encourage inclusivity, compassion and solidarity with refugees and people seeking sanctuary. Sheffield became the UK’s first City of Sanctuary for asylum seekers and refugees in 2007.