Students win first place at national first aid competition

 National Schools' First Aid Competition winners

Students from All Cannings Primary School, Wiltshire, and Drayton Manor High School, London, triumphed at the St John Ambulance National Schools' First Aid Competition final on 27 June, beating hundreds of others from across the country.

First aid knowledge put to the test

The competition, held at London's Natural History Museum, saw both junior and senior school teams putting their first aid skills to the test. They were assessed not only on their life saving knowledge but also on their initiative, communication, team work and confidence.

Each school team learnt first aid through the St John Ambulance teaching resource, Young first aider, which equips students with skills to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. But, it was teams from All Cannings Primary Schools and Drayton Manor High School that outshone others at the final when it came to demonstrating how to handle scenarios including an unresponsive casualty, severe bleeds and burns.

A great achievement

Charlie Tilley, pupil, All Cannings Primary School said: ‘We're in a state of shock and we can't believe we've won. We were really nervous before but when you're competing you have to forget about your nerves, just like you would do if you were in a real life emergency. It's good to know that we can help any of our friends or family if they needed it.’

Michelle Draisey, teacher, All Cannings Primary School said: ‘I feel incredibly proud of my team and the amount of time and dedication they have put into learning first aid. Nothing is more valuable than having the skills to save a life.’

Importance of life-saving skills

Jo Buchan, Education Officer, St John Ambulance said: 'The National Schools' Competition is always such a success and every year we get great satisfaction from seeing how much fun these young people have and how well they know first aid.

Learning first aid should be as important a part of growing up as learning the alphabet. In 2011 our first aid materials equipped over 640,000 young people with valuable life skills. We hope this figure will grow and that more teachers will be inspired to give their pupils the opportunity to learn first aid so they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.’

The winning schools were each awarded £1000 prize money which will be spent on equipment for their school. The individual team winners also received prizes.

For more information about how your pupils can learn how to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved, visit sja.org.uk/schools