A school won a prize for ensuring that young people who have to look after their loved ones do not miss out on their education.

West Hatch High School in Chigwell received a bronze Young Carers in Schools award for a programme that helps schools improve outcomes for students who have to look after members emotionally and physically.

This includes care for a parent, sibling or other family members who have a physical disability, mental health issues or substance misuse.

Research carried out by Carers Trust and The Children's Society shows that, on
average, young carers miss or cut short 48 school days a year.

But the school was recognised with the award after demonstrating it supported students with homework clubs and drop-in sessions to assure they do not fall behind.

Head teacher Daniel Leonard said: "This is a great achievement and has taken a lot of work but the biggest achievement is the recognition of our amazing students and the work they do under often very difficult circumstances.

"We are proud to support and represent our young carers and hope this award represents our commitment to them now and in the future.”