Dartmouth Academy helps students be the difference
Students at a Devon school are now ready to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved after spending a day learning vital first aid skills from St John Ambulance.
In the first session of its kind in the county, the entire Year 11 group at Dartmouth Academy took part in a day-long training session run by St John Ambulance.
Eighty seven 15 and 16-year-olds at the academy were taught a range of different skills by four trainers using the St John Ambulance Young First Aider course.
It included how to treat people with asthma, bites and stings, bleeding, burns and scalds, bone, muscle and joint injuries, chest pains, electric shock and fainting.
The students also learnt how to resuscitate an adult, how to cope in an emergency and how to put someone in the recovery position.
All of the Year 11s received a certificate to mark their completion of the course.
Vice principal of the Dartmouth Academy Nick Bowles said the students had been very positive about learning a new skill from St John Ambulance.
“This is a basic life skill that will stay with them long after they leave school and means they could save someone’s life. We believe that we need to give our students an education of more than just GCSEs and this is an important qualification.
“A little knowledge can go a long way and we are glad that we were able to give our students this opportunity.”