Rayner Stephens High School Awarded Tameside Young Carers School Award

24 June 2024

Rayner Stephens High School are thrilled to announce that they have been awarded the Tameside Young Carers School Award – Bronze. This prestigious recognition is a testament to the school's dedication and commitment to supporting young carers within its community. Rayner Stephens is one of only two schools in the Tameside area to receive this distinguished honor.


To earn this award, Rayner Stephens High School demonstrated extensive efforts in supporting young carers. This included hosting a visit from MP Johnathan Reynolds, who met with the school's young carers to hear their stories and understand their unique challenges.


The school has also implemented various measures to address the individual needs of young carers. Tailored support plans ensure that these students receive the necessary assistance to balance their educational responsibilities with their caregiving roles, therefore increasing their attendance and chance of success.


A key component of Rayner Stephens’ approach has been raising awareness about the important role of young carers. Mrs. Fallon Thomas, the Young Carers Lead at the school, played a pivotal role in achieving this award. Her dedication and commitment has been instrumental in driving the school's initiatives. "Young Carers awareness" has been the primary focus, with Mrs. Thomas organising assemblies and lessons during Personal Development time to educate others about the responsibilities and challenges faced by young carers.


Additionally, awareness packs have been distributed to staff, and a designated young carer notice board has been prominently displayed in the school, providing vital information and resources for all.


Receiving the Bronze Tameside Young Carers School Award is a significant achievement for Rayner Stephens High School. It underscores the school’s belief that improved attendance and attainment for young carers is achieved through greater awareness and support from the school community. Rayner Stephens is part of Stamford Park Trust and their work supporting young carers demonstrated their shared vision of ‘excellence and ambition for all’.


Executive Headteacher, Melanie Wicks commented:


‘Rayner Stephens High School remains committed to providing a supportive and inclusive environment for all students, ensuring that young carers receive the recognition and assistance they deserve in order to succeed, whilst remaining committed to their caring duties. Mrs Thomas has done a tremendous job to not only support our young carers, but to raise awareness amongst our school community.’


Young carers are individuals who take on emotional, practical, or physical care for a parent, sibling, or other family member with a physical disability, mental health issue, or substance misuse problem. By recognizing and supporting these students, Rayner Stephens High School are making a meaningful difference in their lives.

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