PUPILS at a village school have enjoyed training in first aid.

A trainer from the charity St John Ambulance visited Broadheath Primary School as part of the school's ongoing commitment to learning first aid.

The school was recently awarded the St John Ambulance Schools Mark award, which is given to schools that show a significant commitment to the safety and health of their pupils, workforce and community.

As part of the award, every year the school trains its year six pupils in the charity’s Young first aider programme and also delivers first aid training to its younger students in year four and five.

Andy Hackley, deputy headteacher at Broadheath Primary School, said: "As a school we believe educating children is not just about academic subjects but about developing the whole child.

"First Aid is one way of doing this; it helps develop confidence in the children and teaches them how to stay calm in an emergency.

"We hope they will never have to deal with a serious incident but if they do they will know what to do."

Last year, more than 10,500 young people in the West Midlands were trained through schools and the charity has a dedicated website - teachthedifference.org.uk - offering schools free or low cost resources to help increase the number of young people learning first aid.