Salusbury WORLD and Capital City Academy have been working together since 2009 to provide support for the refugee, migrant and asylum-seeking community in the school.
We are a local charity supporting refugee and migrant children and their families, set up in 1999. The project at Capital City Academy is funded by the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation. We aim to build relationships with children and families who come from a refugee or migrant background. The families that we work with come from all over the world, and from very differing social, economic and educational backgrounds.
Classes for Parents and Carers
Salusbury WORLD run weekly English and Maths classes for Capital City Academy parents and carers. The English classes are taught by a member of the school’s EAL department and a Salusbury World volunteer; the Maths classes are deliverered by Brent Start. The classes aim are to support parents to improve their English and Maths so they can participate more fully in their child’s education. The classes are very popular and well attended and we have seen an impact on the way parents with limited English language skills are able to interact with teachers. They are more confident and more involved in their children's education.
Advice for Parents
Salusbury WORLD has a team of advice workers who can help parents, carers and students with issues and problems to do with debt, housing, welfare benefits, immigration and employment problems.
To make an appointment, please call Heike Langbein on 07415 957976.
Salusbury WORLD supports students in school with one-to-one educational mentoring. Our volunteers have helped more than 50 refugee and migrant children during the last two years – with homework, with English conversation, with coursework and with investigating career options.
Students who have a mentor tell us that mentoring helps them to improve their school work and gives them more confidence in class.
“Having a mentor has helped me with my English and Maths a lot. It has made me feel like I have the chance to do well and I now ask questions in class. If I don’t know what to do I have someone to go over it with me."
The mentoring group are also invited to attend our summer Holiday Club, where they have the chance to learn more about London, improve their English and try out new activities.
If you think your child would benefit from the support of a mentor, please contact Lucy or Dan.
We have brought into school a number of projects and inspiring speakers. We organise creative writing workshops, in conjunction with English PEN, led by published poets. Poetry written by the students in these sessions has been published in an anthology and the students had the opportunity to perform their work at a launch party. Our collaboration with Compas led a group of students to create and perform a moving and passionate piece of theatre about the experiences of undocumented migrants in the UK.
In the summer of 2016, we were able to welcome Lord Alf Dubs to Capital City Academy. He spoke to an invited group of students about his own experience as a refugee, arriving in the UK on the Kindertransport, and his views on the present refugee crisis.
We take students and families on regular trips. A highlight is our bi-annual visit to On-form, a sculpture exhibition held at a beautiful house in the Cotswolds. Please have a look at Salusbury WORLD’s website to find out more about who we are and what we do www.salusburyworld.org.uk