Double award joy of Aston le Walls school

STAFF and pupils have been celebrating a double success after their school received two national awards.

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Aston le Walls has received the new St John Ambulance Schools Mark as well as the Eco Green Flag Award for the first time.

The St John award is presented to schools which show significant commitment to the safety and health of their pupils, workforce and community.

Headteacher Janice Hamilton said: “Thanks to St John Ambulance’s training and resources we can equip the next generation with invaluable life skills.

“Self-esteem, teamwork and communications skills are further benefits from learning first aid.”

The award was presented at a special assembly by the county executive officer of St John Ambulance Northamptonshire last Wednesday.

Team leader for schools and community for St John Ambulance in Northamptonshire, Carol Coleman said: “It is absolutely fantastic that St Mary’s Catholic Primary School should show such commitment to health and safety and first aid in the workplace and the school environment, for both the pupils and the staff.

“The aim is to make all schools as safe as possible.

“As well as building the confidence of staff to respond to an emergency, first aid, training teachers and pupils to care for others, it equips them with the skills that could prove to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”

The other honour claimed by the school is the Green Flag Award, the highest eco award – and a first for the school.

It was awarded following a pupil-driven project looking at issues including litter, waste, healthy living, conservation of energy and biodiversity.

They have also worked on a School Forest which was funded for the school by a £900 grant from HSBC. It consists of an area for the chickens. The school is now fundraising to buy a storytelling chair.

Mrs Hamilton added: “The assessors said they were really pleased with the children because they are so passionate about their work and it is great to see them getting involved.

“They were particularly pleased with the eco song the children sang and the powerpoint presentation.”