The Academy’s Sixth Form students gain key skills for public service.
35 Student from the Academy’s Year 12 who are working towards their BTEC Public Services studies have recently completed first aid training showing them how to take care of casualties and how to respond to emergencies.
Skills that the youngsters one day may find essential especially as the Public Services BTEC is specifically aimed at preparing students for careers in the Emergency Services, Armed Forces and Voluntary Sector. The 3hr course leading to a certificate in Essential 1st Aid covered: casualty care, primary survey, chest pains, severe bleeding, choking, resuscitation and what to do with a unresponsive casualty. The students watched real life video clips, listened to 999 emergency calls, were given demonstrations and opportunity to practice on medical dummies.
Subject teacher Mrs. Halim added: “Students have gained an incredible insight into the work and opportunities within the Voluntary Sector. They now also benefit from a valuable life skill that will enhance their CVs in preparation for the world of work.”
St John Ambulance School Trainer, Caroline Kennedy-Drabble, delivered the intensive course, with great attention to detail and the majority of our students achieved a pass that qualifies them to administer first aid.