All pupils in Year 1 to Year 6 take part in the school's Heartstart Training Programme where the children learn vital, life saving skills. The Programme is supported by the British Heart Foundation and was established in school by parent, Dr Khan.
Since the Programme was established by the school in 2012, a number of staff and pupils have been trained in a range of skills from the basics of learning how to contact the emergency services right through to how to deal with a conscious and an unconscious casualty.
Pupils are presented with certificates when they complete each stage of the Programme. This week children in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 received certificates for completing Stage 1 and pupils in Years 5 and 6 received certificates for completing the entire Programme.
Headteacher Norah Johnson commented "The Heartstart Programme which is affiliated to the British Heart Foundation, provides children with vital skills. The Programme ensures children are aware of what to do in an emergency and, by giving the children knowledge of how to act, it hopefully helps the children cope better if they are required to take action.
We start our Programme with our younger children by teaching them simple skills such as how to dial 999 and to ensure that they know their address if required. Once children reach the juniors we teach them skills such as dealing with somebody who is choking or a serious bleed. Children in Years 5 and 6 move onto CPR. We have regular refresher sessions as we understand that skills that are not being used can be easily forgotten. The Programme has been really well received by pupils, families and staff."