National schools first aid finals

National Schools Competition 2007

Teams of pupils from all over the country took part in the finals of the St John Ambulance national schools first aid competition which took place at London Zoo recently.

Young people aged from nine to 12 years old were judged on their ability to give first aid to casualties at a staged, but realistic, incident of which they had no prior briefing. The competition aims to help children develop life skills, work as a team and learn how to perform first aid and, ultimately, save lives.

‘We want to make it interesting for children to learn first aid and believe that young people who take part in this competition will be well equipped to deal with real emergencies competently and confidently,’ said Clive James, Senior Training Officer at St John Ambulance.

Every year, more than half a million people are trained in first aid by St John Ambulance. This competition is a wonderful opportunity for the next generation to practice their first aid skills in a realistic, fun and active manner

Clive James
Senior Training Officer

‘Every year, more than half a million people are trained in first aid by St John Ambulance. This competition is a wonderful opportunity for the next generation to practice their first aid skills in a realistic, fun and active manner.’

This year 130 schools from around the country took part in the competition, nearly a third more than last year. All participants learnt their first aid skills through the Young lifesaver award scheme, St John Ambulance’s comprehensive first aid training course taught in schools. One of the competing schools is from Service Children’s Education Abroad (SCEA) schools in Germany.

This years' winners:

Junior results

  1. Old Sodbury school, Gloucester
  2. Pinfold Primary, Lancashire
  3. Milefield Primary, South and West Yorkshire

Senior results

  1. Blanchelande Girls College, Guernsey
  2. Parklands High School, Lancashire
  3. Wykeham House School, Hampshire

Sarah Holmes, Chief Commissioner Youth, St John Ambulance, added: ‘As the UK’s leading first aid charity, St John Ambulance is committed to training school children in first aid and the national schools first aid competition is a great way to encourage it. The winners are role models to others and they should be proud to have achieved this success.’          

First, second and third prize winners will share prize money of £2,800 to be spent on equipment for their school. Team members also received individual prizes.