AN ABERGAVENNY school has been decorated for its commitment to helping its pupils who work as carers.

King Henry VIII School is the first secondary school in Monmouthshire to gain a Carers Trust South East Wales’ Award for its work in the Young Carers in Schools programme.

The programme ensures young carers receive the help and support they need to learn, and works in partnership with health boards, local authorities and carers’ services to ensure young carers and their families can access the best possible support.

Cllr Penny Jones, Monmouthshire County Council’s cabinet member for health and social care, said: “I congratulate King Henry VIII on gaining this award.

“Recognising and responding to the needs of our young carers is fundamental to enabling children and young people to have the best start in life.

“Growing up is hard and even harder if you have to grow up faster than your peers.

“It is fantastic to see the commitment and support in our schools to give every child an equal opportunity to thrive and learn.”

Carers Trust South East Wales will be attending Usk Show on September 8th, in partnership with the county council, to raise awareness about the organisations’ work helping young carers across the region.

The organisation’s work includes giving children and young people support outside of school including training, activities and trips, helping young carers to share thoughts and gain solidarity from their peers in similar situations.