“First School in Suffolk to be awarded Suffolk Young Carers Silver Award”

On 18th April Jane O’Shea, Suffolk Young Carers Advisor, came to present the school with their Silver Award. Kessingland are very proud to announce that they are the first school in Suffolk to be presented with this award for their tremendous work with young carers.

On 22nd April Lynda Hood, young carers lead shared our good practice with DNEAT Heads and Chairs.

Thursday 19th May another VIP lunch, filled with music, fun and games. Claire Fraser-Lim the Suffolk Young Carers Project Manager joined us and had a fantastic time. She said how much she had enjoyed sharing in this special experience.

School To School Support Partnership

Kessingland C of E Primary Academy is delighted to announce that they have been included as a part of the School to School Support Partnership, sharing and celebrating good practice across schools.


June 2016 Raising The Bar in Education Finalist

Kessingland C of E Primary Academy are incredibly proud to announce that Lynda Hood, our Young Carers Lead, has been nominated by Claire Fraser-Lim Suffolk Young Carers Project Manager, for the prestigious award of Raising The Bar in Education, Support Staff of the Year 2016.

Claire stated that:

“Lynda has driven the school’s involvement in developing their understanding and provision for young carers. She has established briefing sessions and training for staff and co-ordinated a Suffolk Young Carers week. Lessons throughout the week looked at the pupils’ understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a young carer. It concluded with a celebration assembly and a non-school uniform fundraising event for Suffolk Young Carers, and overwhelmingly positive feedback from the pupils. She now runs a thriving young carers group, and supports young carers by attending respite activities organised by Suffolk Young Carers.”

Lynda Hood and Sarah Smith SAFs Lead attended the awards ceremony at The Apex in Bury.

Suffolk Young Carers Mini-Beast Saturday

On Saturday 9th July our young carers attended a Mini-Beast event at Kessingland United Workingmen’s Club, presented by Africa Alive. We were introduced to giant land snails and slithering snakes and much more. The children loved it and learnt a great deal about mini- beasts and how to care for them, both at home and in the wild.

Young Carers Cookery Capers!

On Monday 11th July Jane O’Shea from Suffolk Young Carers joined us for a cookery morning.

Our young carers had previously asked their teachers for their favourite childhood recipes, and this enabled us to produce a recipe book filled with delicious and easy to make recipes for the children to follow.

The pupils asked if they could make scones and the idea grew from there. “ Young Carers Cookery Caper”, became a morning of cookery in preparation for an afternoon tea event which was to be held for parents, grandparents, family members and carers!

Staff also supported this event by baking for us – The spread was truly magnificent!

September 2016

New Academic Year – Let the fun continue…

On Wednesday 12th October our young carers were invited to a Circus Skills themed VIP lunch. Jane O’Shea Suffolk Young Carers Advisor attended, later emailing “It was lovely to spend time with such a lovely, enthusiastic group of young carers.”

The schools single Change Plan November 2016 discussed the “Boys Priority Target” as being:

“To implement an engaging English curriculum that appeals to the interest of boys. To use engaging texts to inspire writing and help raise attainment in reading and writing.”

Our next VIP Lunch aimed to address this.

On Monday 7th November we held a “Boys VIP Lunch” where we discussed different types of reading materials, their individual interests and how we could support this.

“I love football. Could we have some football programmes?”

“David Walliams is my favourite author, but I don’t have any of his books at home.”

“I like the Kessingland library. I’d like to go there. Do men work at a library?”

“I’d like more men to read with, that would be cool.”

Based upon this feedback, we looked to acquire texts in a variety of formats that would be inspirational.

In the future we aim to hold a VIP Lunch entitled:

“Lads and dads, mums and sons do reading.”

Look out for your invitation!!

Suffolk Young Carers Poster Competition

Monday 14th November saw our young carers attending a VIP Suffolk Young Carers Poster Competition lunch date. This was designed to raise awareness of the roles and responsibilities of young carers and our youngsters did an amazing job!

SIAMS Inspection

On Thursday 1st December we were visited by Mr Stephen Green (SIAMS inspector). Within his report he stated:

Suffolk Young Carers Week January 2017

The week commencing Monday 23rd January saw the celebration of the work of young carers in the community.

At Kessingland C of E primary Academy this tremendous work was recognised in the form of a Celebration Assembly for pupils, parents and carers led by Jane O’Shea Advisor for Suffolk Young Carers.

This assembly was filmed and edited by Dale Hood from East Norfolk Sixth Form College and it is available for viewing on the school website.

Going for Gold!

The school’s aim has always been to make the very best provision for all of our children. For some groups this comes with recognition in the form of an award.

Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy are very proud to announce that they have been awarded the highest accolade from Suffolk Young Carers in the form of A Gold Award Schools Award Caring for Carers.

This was presented to the House Captains at the Young Carers Celebration Assembly.

On 27th January 2017 our young carers were invited by Suffolk Young Carers to “Hop On The Bus.”


There were fun activities, cakes to decorate and hot chocolate to drink.

On the 8th February 2017 we held an “All About Me” VIP lunch, with our guests becoming superheroes. They were provided with paper capes on which they wrote their superpower.

One of our superheroes wrote “Looking after mum.”

On 27th February 2017 in PHSE our Key stage 2 pupils learned about the role of young carers. They looked at a case study of Kesia a young carer.

They learned that:

  • There are different kinds of families
  • Sometimes people behave in an unhelpful way because they have problems they don’t know how to share
  • To understand that communication skills are essential for positive family relationships
  • To understand that sometimes young people have to take on adult responsibilities and to learn how they can be supported in this

Our pupils were asked to make suggestions relating to who a young carer might talk to:

“I would talk to Mrs Hood so she could give me some tips.”

On 13th March 2017 our Key Stage 2 Young Carers attended a First Aid Course hosted by RCR Services. They learned basic first aid and resuscitation. Each child was presented with a certificate at celebration assembly.

On 15th March 2017 parents and grandparents joined us for our “Mums and Sons, Lads and Dads” event aimed at promoting boys reading.

“Young Carers lunch was a lovely experience. Lunch and staff amazing. Thanks.”

Future Events

“Mums do sums and Dads can add” lunch to promote girls maths

Young Carers After School Club – Summertime Den Building with Mrs Haward and Mrs Hood!

VIP Magic Show with Mr Holland

Cookery and Summer Afternoon Tea Event

Watch this space for more amazing updates and invitations

Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy are proud to be working closely with other schools in the area – Pakefield High School and Ormiston Denes Academy – to promote the work of young carers in Suffolk, and offer support and extra-curricular activities to those who have been identified in this outstanding role.

VIP Lunches begin with a touch of magic!

Monday 21st March 2016 saw the first of many VIP lunches to be held for our young carers. Mr Holland, one of our amazing teachers, and an accomplished magician astonished and astounded our pupils with his amazing tricks and slight of hand!

Suffolk Young Carers Bronze Schools Award

On Friday 29th January, Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy was presented with the Suffolk Young Carers Bronze Schools Award by Claire Fraser, Young Carers Project Manager and Jane O’Shea Young Carers Advisor for under 9s.

DSCF8814The journey began in July 2015 when Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy was selected as one of only four primary schools in Suffolk to pilot an under 9s young carers scheme, which would promote and support the work of all young carers, but in particular highlighting the work of under 9s.

The school began this project by entering the Suffolk Young Carers photographic competition entitled #empty chair. This was a whole school event, with entries being submitted from the Early Years to Year 6. After submitting their entries, the school was contacted by the competition organiser to ask if one of the photographs could be used on the Suffolk Young Carers Twitter feed and website to promote the competition, stating that as a school “You really got the concept of #emptychair, and thought of some really creative ideas.” Our Owls Class won this competition.

DSCF2553The whole school then continued its learning journey, by holding a Suffolk Young Carers week. The school gathered evidence of the pupils’ understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a young carer.

I don’t know anything. I don’t know what they do.”

“The role of a young carer is to be kind.”

The work of young carers was highlighted in lessons throughout the week, and a variety of activities to support this learning were undertaken. This included case studies, looking at issues faced by families, from physical disability to mental health. Key Stage 2 pupils also participated in a relay of activities that might be undertaken by young carers, highlighting the roles and responsibilities for some young people.

Our Early Years Foundation stage and Key Stage 1 pupils iced biscuits in readiness for the coffee morning on Thursday.

DSCF8823On Thursday morning, the school was buzzing with excitement as the atrium was filled to capacity with parents, carers and family members. They were invited to look at the many displays of the excellent work produced by the pupils. The school received a great deal of amazing feedback from everyone who attended.

“A very informative morning. I love coming in to see what the children have done and I am looking forward to the next one.” – Parent

“A lovely morning spent with the children – A pleasure to see all of their hard work once again. Well done Kessingland Academy.” – Parent

Also present at the coffee morning were representatives from Suffolk Young Carers, the Early Help Team and the community nursing service. DSCF8631This gave parents and carers an opportunity to seek advice on any issues relating to their child, should they wish.

“What an amazing school! This school has worked very closely with Suffolk Young Carers, raising awareness and supporting young carers. Their PSHE material has been a massive learning experience for the children as well as being fun. The coffee morning was supported by so many parents, who enjoyed looking at their children’s work.

The pastoral commitment here is fantastic!” – Jane O’Shea . Young Carers Advisor for under 9s.

DSCF8635The week ended with a celebration assembly and a non-school uniform fundraising event for Suffolk Young Carers. Pupil perceptions were also gathered to ascertain the learning achieved.

“Young carers work tirelessly to help a family member with problems.”

“You can help a young carer by making them smile or sticking up for them and stopping them worrying about their family.”

“A young carer is someone who does extra chores. They help someone in their family who has a disability.”

“We could help them with their chores and understand what they are going through.”

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Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy are proud to be working closely with other schools in the area – Pakefield High School and Ormiston Denes Academy – to promote the work of young carers in Suffolk, and offer support and extra-curricular activities to those who have been identified in this outstanding role.

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