STUDENTS at Queen’s College have been nominated for a national award for the way they have welcomed children from two families of Syrian refugees.

They are on a shortlist in the Young Champion category of the Community Sponsorship Awards run by Sponsor Refugees, which is part of the Citizens UK organisation.

One family of three Syrian children joined Queen’s – an independent school in Taunton’s Trull Road – in September, 2017, and another family of two joined 12 months later.

The competition judges met at the House of Commons to go through hundreds of nominations and a group of Queen’s students will travel to London for next month’s awards ceremony at Canada House in Trafalgar Square.

Headteacher, Dr Lorraine Earps, said: “This nomination is in recognition of the welcome the refugee children received from our wonderful student body.

"It is an absolutely fantastic accolade for them and something which we as a school, as well as the parents, can feel immensely proud.”