Learning Sanctuary

The Learning Sanctuary project (LS) provides learning opportunities for young migrants newly arrived in the UK who are commencing their education in the United Kingdom during the final year of GSCE preparation.

Building upon its established relationship with Rise Academy (Pupil Referral Unit), LS focuses on the following qualifications: Functional Skills English and Maths, BTEC Creative Media, BTEC Arts, BTEC Performing Arts, sport, Healthy Cooking and BTEC Fire and Rescue.

Learning Sanctuary pupils are also actively participating in the Hull City of Culture 2017 creative community program under the “Acorn project” umbrella.

Main Timetable


Active Humber

Date Activity Site
07.10.16 Sportshall Costello
14.10.16 Swimming Albert Avenue
21.10.16 Gym Costello
04.11.16 Sportshall Costello
11.11.16 Swimming Albert Avenue
18.11.16 Gym Costello
25.11.116 Fitness Class Costello
02.12.16 Sportshall Costello
09.12.16 Swimming Albert Avenue
16.12.16 Gym Costello
06.01.17 Sportshall Costello
13.01.17 Swimming Albert Avenue
20.01.17 Gym Costello
27.01.17 Fitness Class Costello
03.02.17 Sportshall Costello
10.02.17 Footgolf Sutton Golf
24.02.17 Fitness Class Costello
03.03.17 Sportshall Costello
10.03.17 Footgolf Sutton Golf
17.03.17 Gym Costello
24.03.17 Fitness Class Costello

All of the above is based on each session being 1.5 hours long.

Our Team

Kelly Lowmis

I became a qualified teacher in 1999, and have been teaching in secondary schools in Hull ever since, teaching both English and Performing Arts. I have particularly loved teaching students who have English as an Additional Language, which I have been doing since 2004.

I love learning different languages, and enjoy helping people learn to speak English and to integrate in British society.

Jo Gates

Hi, my names Jojo and I’ve been working with young people in academic and vocational environments for the past 30 years. It’s something I really enjoy because it’s interesting, fun and rewarding. In Humberside I’ve supported SEN in schools and taught art in youth centres. Most recently I’ve taught English to EAL students in places as far reached as China and Italy. My qualifications include a first class BA Hons degree, 140 hour TEFL, band three TKT , NVQ in teaching support and Cambridge adult literacy and numeracy. Next year I will study for an MA TESOL. I started teaching at NICE in October. It’s a great place to work because of the fantastic team.

Half term dates

School term dates

School year 2016 – 2017
Total number of days: 195 (minus five days to be taken as non contact days at the discretion of the school)

Some schools have slightly different term and holiday dates to those shown here due to teacher training days. The training dates differ for each school and details of each are available under the school listing.

Autumn term 2016
Number of days: 70

Re-open Close for mid-term holiday Re-open Close
Monday 5 September Friday 21 October Monday 31 October Friday 16 December

Spring term 2017
Number of days: 64

Re-open Close for mid-term holiday Re-open Close
Tuesday 3 January Friday 17 February Monday 27 February Friday 7 April

Good Friday – 14 April 2017
Easter Monday – 17 April 2017
Summer term 2017
Number of days: 61

Re-open Close for mid-term holiday Re-open Close
Monday 24 April Friday 26 May Monday 5 June Tuesday 25 July

May Day – Monday 1 May


Hull City of Culture Acorn Project


The Learning Sanctuary comprises of students from multinational backgrounds who together with learners from Rise Academy are producing a cultural festival to celebrate their unity for the City of Culture.

Find out how the Learning Sanctuary is involved in Hull City of Culture!