Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill has ambitious plans to teach every student vital first-aid skills
Ambitious plans to teach basic first aid to almost 1,300 students at a Haverhill secondary school have been launched.
Samuel Ward Academy has begun the first aid drive with more than 220 Year 7 students achieving the certificate.
The initiative was led by Tujan Sari, head of Key Stage 3 PE, who said the training would help students both in and out of the classroom.
Tujan said: “We feel it is so important to start teaching first aid skills at a young age and we are delighted with how our students have embraced this.
“Our Year 7 students have understood the importance of what they are being taught and they have enjoyed learning new skills.”
Under the campaign, which uses guidelines set out by the British Heart Foundation, students are taught a number of crucial skills over a two-week period before taking a theory test.
These include basic first aid, how to recognise a danger and call 999, information on choking and the recovery position and CPR.
Tujan added: “I am very passionate about first aid training and this will benefit both Samuel Ward Academy and the wider community. If they find themselves in a situation where someone might be in trouble, they can recognise the signs and know how to respond.
“I am now looking forward to now extending the training to older year groups.”
Andy Hunter, the school's headteacher, said: “We want our students to be calm and confident in a crisis. I hope this initiative gives them the confidence to step up and help out should they ever need to, in school or anywhere else.
“The students have done amazingly well to all gain their certificates and they couldn't have asked for a better teacher than Mr Sari. I'm proud of them all.”
The first aid certification comes as part of an overall drive for all schools within the Unity Schools Partnership to host defibrillators on their site.
Tim Coulson, chief executive of the Unity Schools Partnership, said: “The trust has placed a huge emphasis on providing first aid skills and resources throughout our schools.
“The work at Samuel Ward Academy is a great example of that and I congratulate every staff member and student who has made this fantastic achievement happen.”
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