School wins diabetes award

Allanson Street Primary School (Google Streetview)
Allanson Street Primary School (Google Streetview)

A school in St Helens has received a special award that celebrates schools which provide great care and support to children and young people with Type 1 diabetes.

Allanson Street Primary School has won Diabetes UK’s Good Diabetes Care in School Award, a scheme introduced to raise the profile of schools that are providing good care and support to children and young people with Type 1 diabetes.

The school was chosen by an assessment panel which included parents and representatives from Diabetes UK. It has been recognised for the support it provides to ensure children with Type 1 at their school are fully included in all school activities and receive the care they deserve.

Allanson Street Primary School was presented with the special award, which is valid for two years, at a special assembly on July 21.

Head Teacher, Patricia Farnell said: “We are delighted to win Diabetes UK’s Good Diabetes Care in School Award.

“We have a number of pupils 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 pupils, 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.”

The award recognises how important that children and young people with diabetes receive good care in school to help them keep their blood glucose to target levels.

In the short-term, high or low blood glucose levels can make a child extremely unwell, and in the long-term, high blood glucose levels can increase risk of serious complications such as amputation, blindness and stroke later in life. Supporting children to manage their diabetes well is also key to enabling them to get the best from their education and school activities.

Stephen Ryan, Head of the North at Diabetes UK said: “Allanson Street Primary School has demonstrated that they are meeting best practice in the support they provide for children and young people with Type 1 diabetes, which is why they have become a recipient of our Good Diabetes Care in School Award.

“We urge all schools, both here in St Helens 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 Allanson Street Primary School are doing such a fantastic job of supporting pupils with Type 1 diabetes shows that good care is achievable in all schools.”

For more information on the Good Diabetes Care in School Award visit www.diabetes.org.uk/school-award