Top mark for first aid for Nottinghamshire primary
Nottinghamshire's Wadsworth Fields
Primary School is the first in the country to
receive the new St John Ambulance Schools Mark.
A skill for life
This prestigious national award is given to
schools that show a significant commitment to the
safety and health of their pupils, workforce and community.
The award was presented by Will Chew, National St John Ambulance
Education Officer, to Wadsworth Fields' Head Teacher Sally Bates.
She extolled the virtues of teaching first aid in schools and its
long term benefits.
'The main aim of the school is to make children responsible
people in the future and to support their community. First aid
is something that every child can take part in. It is a key
skill for life,' she said.
Commitment to the community
Chew was similarly effusive about the Wadsworth Fields'
'It is absolutely fantastic that the school should show such
commitment to health and safety and first aid in the workplace and
the school environment, for both the pupils and the staff as well.
The aim is to make all schools as safe as possible,' he
Parent governor Simon Hunt, whose seven-year-old daughter,
Holly, is a pupil at the primary school, said it was important for
the local community that so many children were able to
demonstrate these skills.
'I feel confident knowing that we have a generation growing up
with really important skills that they will
transfer in later life into the workplace and universities and
colleges,' he said.
Bringing first aid to schools
St John Ambulance Nottinghamshire Schools Liaison Officer Darren
Allcock and his assistant Barbara Robinson train pupils for the
Young First Aider certificate. They also provide pupils with the
opportunity to put their skills into practice against teams from
other Nottinghamshire schools. Since the Schools Liaison team began
its work six years ago, over 55,000 pupils aged
between seven and 18 in more than 150
Nottinghamshire schools have learnt vital skills that
could be the difference between life and death in
an emergency situation.
'As well as building the confidence of staff to respond to an
emergency, first aid training teaches pupils to care for others,
equipping them with the skills to be the difference between a life
lost and a life saved,' said Allcock.
For more information about the work of the Schools Liaison team
contact your local St John Ambulance schools team.
If you are a teacher and are interested in teaching first aid in
the classroom, please visit Teach the difference.
St John Ambulance teaches valuable life skills
to young people by training them in first aid, in schools and
through its youth schemes. More than 600,000
pupils are trained each year in schools across the