Trainer Karen Birks and Year 9 student Liam Heaton
Each year St Johns Ambulance teach hundreds of thousands of people first aid so they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. Recently it was the turn of Harrow Way Community School’s Year 9 Health and Social Care students who are now all first aid qualified having undertaken St Johns basic training.
Karen Birks from St Johns Ambulance, the nation’s leading first aid charity, had high praise for the students commenting: “They were really well focused and participated well.”
During the three hour training session the students learned how to use all of the equipment in a first aid kit, how to use bandages and dress minor wounds. Working on adult and baby dummies the students were also taught CPR and clearing blocked airways. Not only are these skills invaluable to the students with regard to their Health and Social Care course but they also help prepare the students for the future as the first aid qualification can be included on college and job applications.
Gary Holman, Curriculum Leader for Health and Social Care said: “Fewer than one in ten people are trained to deliver first aid. This was therefore a fantastic opportunity for students to learn valuable skills which have the potential to enable them to save lives.”
For more information on Harrow Way Community School, please call 01264 364533 or visit www.harroway.hants.sch.uk. Visits to the school by appointment are always welcome.