Monday, 08 August 2022

School given carers award

GILLOTTS School in Henley has been commended for its work with young carers.

GILLOTTS School in Henley has been commended for its work with young carers.

The school was given a gold award by Oxfordshire County Council’s young carers standard scheme after being deemed to have fulfilled all the criteria. The scheme helps schools identify and provide extra support for pupils who are responsible for the care of family members at home.

The school also received the Oxfordshire Caremark for providing excellent care at the school.

Deputy headteacher Elsa Torres said: “These awards mean that as a school we support our most vulnerable children in an outstanding way.“

All staff at Gillotts have been instrumental in ensuring that our young people have suitable and appropriate access to learning, career choices and high expectations, just like their peers. I’m so proud to be part of a community where it is about children and who they are as individuals. It’s also important to highlight our very close work with families.“

I would like to say a special thank you to Claire Maddock, our school counsellor and a key link in providing support, enabling young people experiencing difficulties in having a strong and purposeful voice in our community.”

The school presented its own end of term awards on Friday. More than 60 students received certificates for excellence in a range of academic subjects, presented by Mel Williams, president of Henley Lions Club.

There was also music from students and farewells for staff who are leaving the school.

Headteacher Catharine Darnton said: “The final assembly was a fantastic celebration of a successful year.”

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