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HEARTS OF GOLD - December 2013
Cowley International College has been presented with a Gold Award for being CardiacSmart.

The College received the Gold Award, the highest level, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to raising first aid awareness and providing Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training.

Mobile defibrillator kits have been installed in the College for just under a year and since then 32 staff have been trained by North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) on how to use the life-saving defibrillators, including 3 staff who are trained to deliver defibrillator training to others; training is being extended to students in the near future as part of the PSHE and Health curriculum.

The CardiacSmart initiative has been created by NWAS and The British Heart Foundation and follows the same principles of the Chain of Survival Partnership which works to extend the network of available AEDs to improve access to them for people who suffer cardiac arrest outside hospital in the North West.  Cowley’s AEDs are registered with NWAS and should an emergency arise in the local area, the AEDs at Cowley can be accessed by the local community.  CadiacSmart also aims to boost the amount of people trained in basic life support so that they have the potential to save a life!

It is estimated that every year in the UK, 270 children die of a sudden cardiac arrest while at school and around 30,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospitals. Every minute a person does not receive treatment, their chance of survival decreases by 10%. 

The awards ceremony took place at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton on Wednesday, 4th December and was arranged by the North West Ambulance Service. Josh Clarke, a Year 10 Student at Cowley, attended the awards along with Alternative Education Co-ordinator, Calvin Healey and Marketing Manager, Dawn Ratcliffe.

Principal, Cameron Sheeran said: “We are proud to receive this award in recognition of our commitment to the CardiacSmart initiative. We believe that it is essential that both staff and students have the knowledge of how to save a life, from assessing an emergency situation to performing CPR and using a defibrillator.

“We are aware that regardless of gender, age or fitness levels, a cardiac arrest can happen at any time and to anyone.”

EMBRACING the spirit of Christmas, a group of Year 10 Cowley students have created ‘Winter Warmer’ hampers for Age UK.

Eight students, who are part of Cowley’s Enterprise group, have organised festive Winter Warmer Hampers for Age UK. The students were given just a wicker basket, which they beautifully decorated and packed with everything from mince pies and hot drinks through to a cheese and biscuit selection. The students really enjoyed the challenge and said they enjoyed working as a team and sharing ideas.

The Hampers were donated to Age UK St Helens, an independent local charity that operates to promote and provide older people in the area with a holistic range of health, wellbeing and care services so that individuals have and helping to make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience.

Julie Wright, Cowley’s Work Related Manager said: “I have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and creativity of the students. The thought that they have put into the food content in the hampers is commendable.  We have organised numerous fundraising projects since September to make the luxurious hampers.  Age UK are Cowley Enterprise Club’s chosen charity and we have worked with them for many years now, on a variety of initiatives.”

Kym Smith, Social Inclusion Coordinator at Age UK Mid Mersey, commented: “We are very pleased that the Enterprise Group from Cowley has chosen Age UK Mid Mersey Active Care service as their chosen charity. The services users who attend appreciate the hard work the pupils have put in to raising funds to produce these wonderful winter hampers especially at this time of year when the cold weather can be a worry for older people and can leave them more vulnerable. We look forward to our on-going partnership with the pupils from Cowley."

Staff and students at Cowley International College Sixth Form are pleased with both A-Level and BTEC results and have seen the average points score per entry increase for the third year in succession.

This year’s A-Level pass rate was 99.4 per cent, whilst the vocational diploma pass rate has remained at 100 per cent, with an increased number of students gaining a Distinction or Distinction star (Distinction*), which is the equivalent of grade A or A* at A-Level.

Top performers include Nicole Fagan, who achieved five Distinction stars and is set to study Musical Theatre at The Arden School of Theatre.  Joanne Wilson secured two As and two Bs and is set to read Modern Foreign Languages at University College London while Scott Gordon passed with one A and two Bs, cementing his place at Aberystwyth University to read Astrophysics.

Matt Hesketh - Director of Post 16 Learning said: "The results this year build on the on-going success we have enjoyed in previous years. We are delighted for the significant number of students who have really excelled and are extremely proud of their achievements."


It is estimated that 270 children die of a sudden cardiac arrest while at school in the UK every year.  Cowley International College has a student with Long QT Syndrome and for whom an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) could mean the difference between life and death.

Following governor approval and a site survey undertaken by NW Ambulance Service, 10 potentially life-saving Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) have been installed at Cowley International College.

Although the units are designed to be operated by any member of the public, NW Ambulance Service has given free of charge training to members of staff at Cowley and Rob Sharples from NW Ambulance Service is seen in the picture training Andy Fairhurst, Access and Inclusion Manager, Calvin Healey, Alternative Education Co-ordintor and Ray Mason, Year Co-ordinator in how to train others in the use of AEDs and CPR.  These staff will be holding sessions to raise awareness of AEDs and to train all staff and students in how to use the devices and to administer CPR.

Mr Sheeran, Principal said, “It is impossible to put a price on the life of a child. When someone goes into cardiac arrest - it is vital to recognise the emergency, dial 999 and start CPR. In additional to this, the most effective treatment is to use an AED. The machine is so simple to operate, it tells the user exactly what to do, and it cannot harm the patient by unnecessarily shocking them. It only allows you to deliver a shock if a patient's heart is in a specific rhythm. The AED delivers an electric pulse through the chest, in an attempt to restore normal heart rhythm. Chances of survival decreases 10% for every 1 minute that passes without defibrillation; with the application of an AED within 5 minutes of collapse the best possible chance of survival is maintained.  The introduction of AEDs at Cowley will provide immediate care and potentially save a person’s life”.