Beacon Peaceful Schools

Beacon Peaceful Schools are pioneers!

What could be more important than working for peace in the world?! Schools can play a massive role in making the world a more peaceful place. And lots of schools are already doing a lot of work on peace - in different ways. Some are further down this path than others. A few are exceptional and they have become 'Beacon Peaceful Schools'. The pioneers/Beacon Peaceful Schools are described below. Scroll down this page to read about them!

How can my school get a Beacon Award?

Schools get their Beacon Peaceful School Awards from the Peaceful Schools Strategy Group. Following receipt of a Submission Form (see link below) a member of the Group visits and assesses the school on a range of things including the senior leadership's passion and commitment for creating a peaceful environment with staff and pupils. We look at aspects of what the school is doing in four inter-related areas:

  • How pupils are helped to develop their ability to connect to their inner peace.
  • What is being done to enable the development of peaceful relationships in the school.
  • The whole school ethos - is it peace promoting?
  • How pupils are being equipped to be peacemakers within the school and in the wider world.
  • Peace work beyond the school - in the local community and in other areas.

Beacon Peaceful School - submission form 

Helpful Guidance - Pathways for Peaceful Schools

The assessment process is free. If you think your school, or a school you know, could be considered to be a Beacon Peaceful School i.e. a model for others to learn from, then please get in touch with Anna Lubelska,

Peace Orchard for Coventry

Thursday 29th September, 2016

Rhys Davies, Head of Humanities/Peace & Justice Co-ordinator at Cardinal Newman Catholic School in Coventry writes: As part of Cardinal Newman’s status as a national Beacon School of Peace, a new apple orchard of 300 trees is planned on 3.7 acres of land at Coundon Hall Park. The site is between the playing fields on Tamworth Road and Coundon Wood on Long Lane and will be easily accessible from the car park off the Tamworth Road. The project is a partnership between Cardinal Newman, Normandy Day UK and Coventry City Council, who have offered the site and will help maintain it.

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Argyle Primary School

Wednesday 20th July, 2016

Rubel Uddin teacher at Argyle Primary School, Camden, London being presented with a Beacon Peaceful School certificate.

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Hurrah! Our first Beacon Peaceful Secondary School!

Tuesday 19th July, 2016

On 15 July 2016, Cardinal Newman Secondary School in Coventry received their Beacon Peaceful School award and certificate.

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Blackheath Primary School, Blackheath, West Midlands, B65 9NF Friday 27 November 2015

Monday 30th November, 2015

Chair of the Peaceful Schools Strategy Group, presents the Beacon Peaceful Schools Certificate to two pupils at Blackheath Primary School. The school impressed the assessors on all four ‘levels’ of peace: inner peace, peaceful relationships, community peace and global peace!

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Carswell Community Primary School

Friday 27th February, 2015

Became a Beacon Peaceful School officially on 27 February 2015. The school is in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. One third of the pupils are from Army families. The school is noteworthy for its vibrant, dynamic look and feel.

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St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School, Polworth Road, Streatham in the London Borough of Lambeth

Friday 13th February, 2015

Awarded Beacon Peaceful School status in December 2014! This is a large, voluntary-aided Roman Catholic primary school with a deep commitment to peace - they even have peacemaker prizes for the pupils. They undertake very impressive work with parents aiming to build relationships between ethnicities through the Unity Group; an annual Heritage fortnight to celebrate different cultures and countries and also ‘Peace One Day’ activities on the International Day of Peace on 21 Sept. The Head Teacher has a massive commitment to children’s spiritual development in a very inclusive way.

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The Downley School, Downley Village, High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire

Friday 19th December, 2014

Sue Webb, the Head Teacher, was presented with the Beacon Peaceful School Certificate during the whole school, end of term assembly on 19 December 2014.There is a real feeling of peace and respect within this school. This is an accredited ‘Values-based Education’ state primary school. The Head Teacher, Sue Webb, is very committed to Values-based Education. She has worked many hours producing wonderful resources for the two year cycle of monthly values that this involves.

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Barnsbury Primary School, Woking, Surrey

Monday 15th December, 2014

This is an ‘Outstanding Values-based Education’ school, which has jumped wholeheartedly onboard with the Peaceful Schools Movement! Their Beacon Peaceful School Certificate was presented to the Head Teacher, on 15 December 2015 by Anna Lubelska, Coordinator of the Peaceful Schools Movement. Senior staff report that being peaceful has achieved a reduction in low level conflicts and arguments within the school.

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Woodheys Primary School in Sale, Cheshire - the first ever Beacon Peaceful School!

Monday 30th June, 2014

This is a peace-filled and peace-radiating, state primary school. The inspirational Head Teacher, Laura Daniels, was presented with the Beacon Peaceful School Award certificate at a schools conference in Gorton Abbey Conference Centre in Manchester on 30 June 2014. The presentations as made by Anna Lubelska, Director of Spiritual England and founder of the Peaceful Schools Movement and Lat Blaylock the Editor of R.E. Today.

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