1000th Pupil Trained in CPR at city Academy

Publication date 27 June 2023

Lochside Academy reached a milestone today when it was recognised by medical aid charity St John Scotland for training over 1000 young people in bystander CPR since the school opened in 2018. In partnership with St John Scotland who deliver the training in schools, Lochside Academy has supported young people in S1 to be trained to perform live-saving CPR and how to access and use defibrillators that St John Scotland are also involved in placing in local communities throughout Scotland every year.

Mike Will, Depute Head Teacher at Lochside Academy and vice-chair of Aberdeen & NE Scotland area of St John Scotland said: “when we first introduced training for young people in 2018, we hadn’t thought about it becoming an annual event for S1 pupils in our calendar at that point.   However volunteering colleagues from St John proposed that this event become an annual event and it is great that this week we have now taught over 1000 young people bystander CPR in our school.  Undoubtedly CPR is a crucial life-skill that not only empowers young people with the confidence to help other in need of emergency help, but teaches them the importance of public access to defibrillators around the country.”

Joe Mackie, chair of Aberdeen St John said: “ We work in communities across Scotland to empower as many people as possible to learn how they can save someone’s life with CPR. Our local teams of volunteers provide free training to schools across the country and we are delighted that over 1000 young people have now been trained at Lochside Academy.”