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It's commitment to supporting young carers has earned Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill an award from the Young Carers in Schools




A Haverhill school has underlined its commitment to prioritising mental health issues among young people after earning a top award.

Samuel Ward Academy, in Chalkstone Way, has been named a bronze-awarded Suffolk Young Carer School – and is now working towards a silver mark as part of the Young Carers in School national initiative.

Sam Ockleford, young carers lead at Samuel Ward, said she was delighted that the school’s work had been recognised.

She said: “Identifying and supporting young carers is vital to ensuring this vulnerable pupil group are able to attend, achieve and enjoy school in the same way as their peers.

Sheree Driver of Suffolk Young Carers with Sam Ockleford, from Samuel Ward Academy. Picture by Russ Bennett (6712288)
Sheree Driver of Suffolk Young Carers with Sam Ockleford, from Samuel Ward Academy. Picture by Russ Bennett (6712288)

“In collaboration with Suffolk Young Carers, we are improving the identification and support of young carers in schools across the country so they can get the help they need.

“Having the bronze award is a sign of our commitment and we are now working towards the silver award.

“We want any young carers within the school to know they are not alone.”

Young Carers in Schools is a nationwide initiative run jointly by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society that equips schools to identify and support young carers and awards good practice.



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