National Schools competition winners 2013

Junior winners Lantern Lane

Students from Sheldon School in Chippenham and Lantern Lane in East Leake were the deserved winners of the St John Ambulance National Schools’ First Aid Competition at Drayton Manor in Tamworth, Staffordshire, on Wednesday 26 June.

The competition final was supported by 20 cadets and SJA volunteers and paid staff from all over the country. The competition saw both junior and senior teams of pupils battle it out by showcasing their team work, communication and first aid skills in challenging emergency scenarios with ‘live’ casualties. Some of the dramatic situations included how to treat an amputated thumb, severe bleeding, and chest pains.

Eleven qualifying rounds took place before the final at Drayton Manor. Both teams made it through to the final by competing in local heats against competitors from other schools earlier in the year. All of the schools that entered the contest learned first aid using our Young first aider resource.

Senior winners Sheldon School

The schools competition is growing, with the highest number of entries ever – over 250 teams entered from all over the country, BFO, Jersey and Guernsey. Jo Buchan, Education Officer, said: ‘The competition goes to show that first aid is easy and engaging for young people to learn. What’s really valuable is that all of the pupils who have taken part know how to save lives.

‘We want more schools and teachers to give their students the opportunity to empower themselves with these essential life skills and our resources are the perfect way for them to get started.’

Tyley Deedigan, a student from Sheldon School, said: 'It's really important to learn first aid as if there is ever an emergency you are there to help. We learnt to work as a team and are really pleased to win.'

Our free online schools resource, Teach the difference, gives teachers the ability to teach up to 28 first aid skills with complete lesson plans and videos, including how to treat choking and chest pains. It also meets a range of National Curriculum requirements, for example first aid for PE, and science.

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