Swanwick School earns St John Ambulance School first aid award
PUPILS at a Derbyshire special school are the latest to become equipped with the skills that could save a life.
Swanwick School and Sports College has become only the second in the county to earn the St John Ambulance Schools Mark Award.
It is given to schools and colleges that show a significant commitment to the safety and health of their pupils, workforce and community.
Head teacher Chris Greenhough said having formal first-aid training sessions built on skills for living that pupils at the school already undertook.
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He said: "We are lucky because a long-standing member of staff, Sue Towndrow, has been involved with St John Ambulance for about six years.
"As a special school, our pupils have a variety of needs and so first-aid knowledge is vital for everyone to acquire.
"It stands side by side with the other life skills that we teach and has become an embedded part of the curriculum in the classroom and our outdoor education.
"We also offer first-aid classes in our after-school clubs and we are hoping that every member of staff will be trained up as well in the near future."
The Derby Telegraph has welcomed the school's enthusiasm for ensuring its staff and pupils are trained in first aid, which matches the ethos of the newspaper's current Save A Life campaign.
We have joined St John Ambulance to offer discounts on first-aid training – meaning you can learn to save lives for £10.
Mr Greenhough added: "It has been fantastic to have St John Ambulance to provide quality training for all our young people and it has been very successful. Learning first aid also helps to improve self-esteem as well as teamwork and communication skills."
The award was presented to the school by Chris Thornton, regional director of St John Ambulance in the East Midlands, who said: "It is absolutely fantastic that the school should show such commitment to health and safety and first aid in the workplace. The aim is to make all schools and colleges as safe as possible."
Young first-aider sessions have been taking place each Friday morning in the school since September. Pupils aged five to 16 have been involved and it is hoped that up to 60 young people will have completed the training within the next few weeks.
Derby High School was the first school to achieve the St John Ambulance Schools Mark in the county.
Each year the first-aid charity trains about 22,000 school children each year in Derbyshire.