A Sutton primary school has become the first in the borough to be honoured with an award that recognises efforts to assist young carers.

Robin Hood Junior School, in Thorncroft Road, has been given the Supporting Young Carers in Schools Award by the Sutton Carers Centre.

The organisation says the school now “leads the way” in both identifying and supporting young carers through a range of policies and procedures.

These include changing admission forms and displaying information on their website and noticeboards about help which is available for young carers and their families.

Headteacher Elisabeth Broers said: “Everyone at Robin Hood Junior School is delighted to be the first primary school in the London Borough of Sutton to be recognised for working with young carers.

“The award reflects all the hard work put in by Mrs Rose, Mrs Rix and Miss Brown but most of all, it raises awareness of these amazing young people who support others at home.

“They are remarkable: at home and at school, and it is a privilege to support them on their journey.”

Robin Hood Junior School’s library supplies books and other resources about various disabilities and illnesses to help young carers, and their peers, access appropriate information.

In addition, there are also young carer peer support sessions and homework clubs each week to “ensure that these most-giving children reach their full potential”.

Rachael MacLeod, Sutton Carers Centre’s chief executive, said: “The steps schools take to identify and support young carers can have a huge positive impact on their overall learning, wellbeing and life chances.

“We are delighted to have been involved with the steps Robin Hood Junior School has taken to ensure that none of their pupils miss out on an education because of their caring role.

“We hope that other schools in the borough follow their example.”