Some of the Year Nine Springwood pupils with their first aid certificates. Picture: Ian Burt

An entire year group at Springwood High School in King’s Lynn is learning vital skills after signing-up for first aid lessons.

Year Nine pupils, aged 13 and 14, have been learning life-saving techniques while working towards their bronze Duke of Edinburgh awards –despite the national lockdown.

With the school currently closed to most students, they have been learning first aid in their tutor groups, via PowerPoint presentations and using worksheets ready to learn the practical skills needed when they return to the classroom.

Thanks to their hard work, there are 276 first aid qualification certificates ready to be handed out to pupils when Covid restrictions are eased.

Pauline Petch, Duke of Edinburgh manager for all schools in the West Norfolk Academies Trust, which includes Springwood, said: “The award scheme is all about encouraging young people to take on new challenges and new skills, to develop themselves, but here they’ve acquired something that doesn’t just benefit themselves, but could maybe one day even help save someone’s life.” 

Pupil Cole Massingham said: “Doing first aid and the skill section has boosted my confidence to almost the max and seeing my friends succeed is an amazing sight too.”

“It has given me skills that will help me throughout my life,” added classmate Jessica Bek. 

“I also feel it will benefit me for future education and job roles.”

The trust runs 11 schools in West Norfolk.