Praise for support for school’s young carers.

A village high school has received recognition for the support offered to students who are young carers.

St Clement’s High has been awarded the Carer Friendly Tick Award (Education) by charity Caring Together, with praise from students and parents for the assistance and advice offered.

The support for young carers has continued to grow at the Terrington St Clement school.

During the challenges of the  pandemic, young carer meetings went virtual and letters were sent home to remind students that the school was still there to support them.

Student welfare manager Lisa Addison-Paul made fortnightly welfare calls to check in with young carers and speak to parents if needed. 

Newsletters were also introduced to give updates on virtual meetings and support available. 

During lockdown students also received an activity pack and laptops were available on loan to allow them to continue studies at home. 

Support has continued with activities such as fortnightly lunchtime support groups, supported by West Norfolk Young Carers, access to free or loan equipment and a homework club.

The expansion of an awards scheme for young carers, which began with the first Young Carer of the Year, is also planned. 

All staff at the school continue to receive an updated list of young carers and details of any extra support the student might need.

Students praised the assistance offered at school in letters submitted for the award.

One pupil said: “If you feel you are alone you don’t need to as there is support in school also you realise you are not the only person who is a young carer.”

Families also spoke of the difference the support has made.

It is the second time the school has achieved the award, which lasts for two years.

Lisa Addison-Paul said:  “Young carers often have many worries which can affect their learning opportunities and enjoyment of school, at St Clement’s High School it is important to us that young carers are identified and supported to make school and learning a positive experience for them, and that our young carers have the same opportunity as their peers who don’t have to care for someone.  

“We are incredibly thankful for the support given from the West Norfolk Young Carers team and to our super young carers who are truly incredible.”

Andy McGowan, head of carer services at Caring Together, added his congratulations to the school.