Mount Street Infant School in Brecon has received the Armed Forces Friendly Schools Cymru Gold Award for supporting military children in education. 

On Friday, 7 July the school held a presentation, where it became the first school in Wales to receive the award.

During the presentation, speeches were made, songs were sang, poems were recited and there was a special Nepalese dance performance.

After the presentation, children enjoyed taking part in obstacle courses that were set up by Forces Fitness.

In May of this year, Mount Street Infants School was awarded the Silver Award for supporting military children in education, but are now proud winners of the Gold Award.

Speaking on the Gold Award, Headteacher of Mount Street Infant School, Mrs Kenchington told The Brecon & Radnor Express: "We're incredibly proud to be the first school in Wales to achieve this prestigious award.

"It's an acknowledgement of the school's work, not just in the last few years, but for a considerable amount of time.

"We aim to do the very best we can for our military children to support their wellbeing and support them academically.

"The children are welcomed and very much a part of the school community.

"We work with SSCE Cymru, of which this was their award, and our supporting officers from the local authority and people like County Councillor Matthew Dorrance, who supports us as well."

The school has designated staff to help the service children settle in and one of those is Nepali speaking and helps support the Nepali children.

Around 25% of Mount Street Infant School's pupils are service children.

Service children are often posted to many different locations around the United Kingdom and abroad, therefore the school believes it is vital to support the children when they are preparing to leave, as well as when they are joining.

Mrs Kenchington said: "We support them when they are getting ready to leave because that is equally as important as when they arrive."

County Councillor Matthew Dorrance addressed the children during the presentation assembly, he said: "Boys and Girls, I just wanted to say thank you to all of you because you are inspirational.

"You make me and everybody at the council very proud of you and all you have done.

"You are leading the way across Wales, and as grown ups you set the bar for us for what we need to aspire to, so thank you very much for everything you have done.

"You really are little troopers, thank you all!"

The Headteacher rounded up the assembly saying: "Our school is definitely a richer place for having them here.

"They bring with them their adventures, their experiences, their cultures, their language, and we love to embrace that.

"Our children welcome each and every one of them with open arms and when they leave, they leave a little bit of themselves here and we keep them in our hearts very safely.

"Mount Street Infants truly is a special place!"