THE nation's life savers to be celebrated at Everyday Heroes star-studded event – and students from Endon High School are in the running for a prize.
TV stars including presenter Tess Daly will be helping to celebrate the actions of the inspiring school, that has been shortlisted in St John Ambulance's annual award ceremony in London, on Wednesday, March 26.
Endon High School has been named as a finalist in the Top of the Class category, that recognises a teacher or educational establishment which is ensuring an exemplary level of first aid knowledge and practice among staff and pupils.
The Everyday Heroes awards programme was launched to celebrate the ordinary people who have used first aid to save a life and the individuals and businesses that have championed the cause, helping to create more first aiders in our communities.
With 700 students and 70 staff, Endon High School is well aware of the risks of first aid incidents that schools face every day, which is why it has taken action to ensure every person can be the difference between life and death.
While more than 25 per cent of their staff hold a first aid certificate with even more being trained shortly. The school has also championed the importance of basic life saving skills among its students.
In the last year, the school has trained every pupil in basic first aid, with young people given the option to continue their training through the Young First Aider scheme, Duke of Edinburgh programme or World Challenge experience.
The school also encourages discussion around the topic of first aid, holding assemblies, updating a first aid notice board and setting its young people projects to design first aid resources, while promoting the technology that is already available.
Endon High School uses a regular newsletter to inform parents about aspects of first aid. It is also keen to continue to branch out into its local community and hopes to be able to offer a first aid information and training evening.
Nicky Tapley, Director of Teaching and Learning for Personal Social Healh and Education at Leek High, said: 'We are passionate about ensuring that all of our pupils learn basic first aid skills so that they have the confidence to act whether at school, at home or even out in the community.
"We are thrilled that the importance we have placed upon first aid across the entire school has led to such high profile national recognition for Endon High School.
"We are extremely excited to be nominated in such a tough category."
Awards at the celebratory black-tie awards dinner will be presented by a range of celebrities. These include Dragons' Den star and businessman Duncan Bannatyne, Coronation Street stars Michelle Keegan and Samia Ghadie, alongside TV's Dr Dawn Harper and Matthew Wright.
Sue Killen, Chief Executive of St John Ambulance, said: 'This year's finalists have some truly remarkable stories to tell.
"It's wonderful to be able to recognise the Everyday Heroes who are saving lives and encouraging others to do the same, and I hope they inspire others to learn first aid so they, too, can be the difference between life and death.
"We can't wait to welcome these deserving nominees on the evening and show our appreciation for their selfless efforts."
Full details on the awards can be found at www.sja.org.uk/everydayheroes