St Peter’s School, York has been selected as one of 25 Covid vaccination training centres across the country.
St John Ambulance will use the facilities at the coeducational day and boarding school to train first aiders to be able to administer vaccinations for Covid-19.
The historic independent school dating back to 627AD – making it the fourth oldest school in the world – has provided four ventilated training rooms, allowing up to 90 first aiders to be trained each day.
The training sessions, which began on Saturday (6 February), will be held on Saturdays and Sundays, with each course completed in a day.
The independent school will be used for up to nine weeks, depending on when the pupils return to Saturday School.
Jeremy Walker, headmaster of St Peter’s School, said: “I am so glad that we can support St John Ambulance in their vital work and play a small part in helping the rapid rollout of the vaccination programme.”
St John Ambulance are aiming to train more than 30,000 volunteers between now and the spring.