Caring school wins award

Pupil Megan Duckering with (left to right) head teacher Steph Brown, mum Sarah Duckering and Epilepsy Action's Tracey Vasey, who presented the award.
Pupil Megan Duckering with (left to right) head teacher Steph Brown, mum Sarah Duckering and Epilepsy Action's Tracey Vasey, who presented the award.

A Scarborough school has been the crowned winner of an Epilepsy Action education award for its work in supporting pupils with the condition.

St Martin’s C of E (Aided) Primary School was presented with its ‘Edward’ award last Friday as part of National Epilepsy Week, which ran from May 19-25.

The Epilepsy Action ‘Edwards’ aim to recognise educational establishments that demonstrate good practice in supporting pupils and students with epilepsy.

Steph Brown, head teacher at the school, said: “We are delighted to accept this award. It’s fantastic to see that we are doing the right things for children with epilepsy.”

The school, in Holbeck Hill, was chosen as a winner because of its work in supporting one of its children who has epilepsy, seven-year-old Megan.

Megan had her first seizure when she was in the reception class at St Martin’s.

Every member of staff at the school has received epilepsy training, which includes when and how to administer emergency rescue medication. This training is reviewed annually.

Staff have also made sure that other children in Megan’s class know about epilepsy and what to do if she has a seizure.

Megan has a teaching assistant who monitors her for absence seizures, which see her fall unconscious for a few seconds, and drop attacks, where she falls heavily to the floor, both inside and outside of school. Megan’s care plan is also reviewed every year.

The school has worked hard to make sure that Megan doesn’t miss out on any aspect of school life.

During the summer term it is holding a ‘fairy-light disco’ to ensure that Megan can attend, as she is photosensitive and the regular disco lights used by the school are not suitable.

Sarah Duckering, Megan’s mum, nominated the school for the award. She said: “We are so pleased that the school has won an Edward award.

“Ever since Megan had her first seizure, the school has been an incredible support to us.

“We cannot recommend this school enough and their care in relation to our daughter and her epilepsy has been outstanding.”