We are extremely proud to have such admirable young people who have high expectations in school, whilst caring for a parent or relative at home. It is challenging to balance personal and family responsibility with that of their studies and that is why we put everything possible in place to ensure our young carers gain the education and qualifications they need to be successful in the future.
Our work with Suffolk Family Carers has been identified as demonstrating exemplary practice, and has been recognised through the Suffolk Young Carers in school scheme. In January 2020 Ormiston Denes Academy was presented with the Platinum Award for supporting our young carers in school. We are very proud of our achievement, having already previously received the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.
We work closely with Suffolk Family Carers in relation to their support for young carers in Suffolk, and in particular those within our academy. We have raised school awareness of young carers through assemblies, form time sessions, social media, internal information boards, and staff training.
We have a number of young people in school who are young carers, and we support them in many different ways.
We also have regular drop in sessions for young carers, but that also includes peers that are not young carers, to enable them to find out more about the work of Suffolk Family Carers. This is a time to relax, socialise, chat, play games and eat together in a quiet environment. The young carer adviser is also present in as many of the meetings as possible.