Sandown School

Sandown Primary School

Sandown Primary School
Thomas Becket

Young Carers 2017.2018

Sandown School Young Carers' Group 

At Sandown we recognise that sometimes a child who has caring responsibilities at home might need a little extra support to help them get the most out of school and so we have set up our Young Carers Support Group.

The whole school is committed to ensuring that all our children, including Young Carers, can access and engage with their education, with the right support where necessary, to achieve their potential.

We have 2 designated Young Carers leaders in school, Mrs Male and Mrs Skinner. Mrs Horrocks, SENCO, supports the group on behalf of the Sandown Senior Leadership team. We also have a school Governor, Mrs Rowe, who is taking a special interest in and responsibility for our Young Carers' Support Group.  They will ensure that families and pupils are aware of the group.  They can be contacted via the School Office by phone or in person.  Pupils can speak to Mrs Male, Mrs Skinner or Mrs Horrocks at any time during the school day or they can leave a confidential message in the box located securely in the School Office.

We have excellent links with external agencies and can make referrals to get support for Young Carers and their families, if they would like us to. We would only share information with professionals and agencies on a need to know basis in order to get the right support.  The school actively seeks feedback and ideas from young carers and their families to shape and improve support so we would be pleased to hear your views.

The school uses Pupil Premium funding to minimise any barriers to education and learning experience by eligible Young Carers.

What is a Young Carer?

At Sandown a Young Carer is “a child in Year 1 and above who provides care to another family member who has a physical illness or disability, mental health problem, sensory disability, severe learning disability or who has a substance misuse problem”. We include in this children living with siblings who have any of these difficulties.

What do we do?

We meet once a month at lunchtime in the After School Club Room. We have our lunch together, either a school meal or packed lunch, and then enjoy activities together.

12th September 2017 At our first meeting this term we talked about the RHS School Gardening Big Soup Share which Mrs Collins had suggested we might like to take part in.

We thought this was a great idea so we talked about what soup we would cook and how we could run the event. Because we wanted people to share the soup with us we made invitations for our families and friends. We also made some coloured bunting to decorate Green Zone on the day.

3rd October 2017 – BIG SOUP DAY We had a great morning. We began by washing and chopping all the vegetables for the soup, which was going to be Leek and Potato. Then we mixed up ingredients for some blackberry sponge puddings. We put everything in boxes and took it all to Green Zone with Mrs Collins. Once the soup and the puddings were cooking on the campfire we moved lots of hay bales to make a seating area and made a table out of some pallets and wood. We set out cups, bowls, napkins and spoons and put up the bunting. We had to work quickly as our guests began to arrive. When all was ready we served our guests with soup, bread and pudding and then enjoyed some ourselves. It was a lovely sunny, warm day and everyone agreed it had been a marvellous “Soup Share”.

There are lots of photos on our notice board.

6th November 2017 We had received a call from Mr Palmer, the Manager of Deal Castle. He had 500 Crocus bulbs to plant and as he knew we were learning great gardening skills at Green Zone he requested our assistance. We couldn’t resist the challenge so off we went, with Mrs Collins, to Deal Castle. We cleared some weeds from the large round flower bed and then dug holes and planted the bulbs. We had to take care to put them in the right way up and cover them up with soil. We were very lucky that it was a sunny afternoon so our job was very enjoyable and we got all the bulbs planted in no time at all. We talked about when the flowers might appear and we are all going to remember to look out for them next spring, in February or March. We will feel very proud to think that we helped to make that flowerbed beautiful.

There are photos of our digging and planting activities on our notice board.