Aimed project helps Henbury students

Henbury School students receive Fire Skills Certificates at the end of a partnership projectFirefighters have played their part in the successful first year of a project to help educate young people who would otherwise be excluded from school.

The Aimed Project provides alternative education outside of mainstream schools.

Throughout the last academic year, a group of Henbury School students have visited Southmead Fire Station twice a week as part of the project.

The sessions culminated in the students receiving Fire Skills Certificates and nationally-recognised OCR Problem Solving Certificates.

During their visits to the fire station, the students have taken part in team-building exercises, fire skills training, and have had fire safety sessions, covering issues such as arson awareness, communication skills and fire service drills.

Duane Chapell, Director of Inclusion at Henbury School, said the students thoroughly enjoyed their visits to Southmead Fire Station.

She said: “We have had 24 students in total on the project and we are extremely grateful to Avon Fire & Rescue for helping us.

“The students have really enjoyed their visits to the fire station; they have had good engagement and built up an excellent rapport with the staff.

“And at the end of it they have gained qualifications which could be invaluable towards helping them secure better futures.”