The Prescot School was extremely honoured to receive a ‘Good Diabetes Care in School Award’ from the charity Diabetes UK on 23rd May 2016. This makes us the first secondary school in the North West to be granted this award.
The Good Diabetes Care in School Award is granted to schools that take the care and inclusion of children with medical conditions such as diabetes very seriously, and are recognised by the UK’s leading Diabetes Charity for delivering good practice care.
Our nomination for the award was supported unanimously by several groups; parents of our pupils with Type 1 diabetes, a professional diabetes nurse who has worked with us, respondents to an online survey, and the charity Diabetes UK themselves who issued the award.
Our award was initially granted on 31st March, but the official awarding ceremony took place on 23rd May with Diabetes UK volunteer, Mr Ken Herbert, giving our Year 7 pupils a speech and the opportunity to ask questions. Ken has Type 1 diabetes himself and delivered a very positive and inspiring message about how people with the disease can have a completely full and active life as long as they recognise the condition and take good care of themselves. The award was then received by our Headteacher Mrs Walker, and Mrs Moore who coordinates all the diabetes care and fundraising events in school.
Our Headteacher Mrs Walker said: “We are delighted to win Diabetes UK’s Good Diabetes Care in School Award. We have a number of students in our school who have Type 1 diabetes and we take our responsibility to provide them with the support and care they need to manage their condition safely in school very seriously. We have worked extremely closely with students, parents, and school staff to ensure that the right care is in place, and that children and young people with Type 1 diabetes have the same opportunities as their peers who do not have the condition and are able to fully participate in their education and so reach their full academic potential.”
Stephen Ryan, Head of the North at Diabetes UK said: “The Prescot School are providing outstanding care and support to children and young people with Type 1 diabetes which is why they have become one of the first schools in the country to receive our Good Diabetes Care in School Award. We urge all schools, both here in Merseyside and across the country, to follow the school’s example as good care in schools means that children and young people with diabetes stay healthy and get the best from their education. The fact that The Prescot School are doing such a fantastic job of supporting students with Type 1 diabetes shows that good care is achievable in all schools.”
The Prescot School has held several fundraising events so far to raise money for Diabetes UK including raffles for tickets to sporting events (rugby matches, tours of Goodison Park), five-a-side football tournaments, a disco for our Year 7 pupils, and even a sponsored half marathon ran in Liverpool by two of our ex-pupils.
Our target is to raise £1000 for the charity before July 2016.