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Harrogate students celebrate completing LIFE course

Harrogate students celebrate completing LIFE course

Published at 1:02pm 2nd April 2019.

A group of Harrogate students are celebrating after completing a special course highlighting the consequences of anti-social behaviour. 

  • The Local Intervention Fire Education (LIFE) scheme addresses the problems of young people, particularly those who have offended, are at risk of offending or have been victims of crime
  • The week-long course course highlights the consequences of anti-social behaviour and teaches fire safety awareness, life skills and values 
  • Students from Harrogate's Grove Academy have graduated from the course

The pupils took part in a passing out parade after completing the Fire Service Life Skills Course

The fire service put a group of young people through a series of fire drills, culminating in a dramatic rescue operation from the smoke-filled fire tower at Harrogate station.

15-year-old year 11 student Ryan Battersby was one of two students Harrogate's The Grove Academy to successfully complete the course this year.

 

John Warren and Ryan Grove Life skills course
Grove headteacher John Warren with Ryan Battersby

 

 

The Grove Headteacher, John Warren, commented:

"We have been involved with the Life course every year and think it is an excellent scheme. It complements the qualities we teach at the Grove Academy.

"We are proud of Ryan’s achievement. He came to us after being permanently-excluded twice and has turned his life around with our help. It goes to prove that excluded young people can succeed with the right help and support.”

Ryan’s ambition is to join the Army and he is due to begin training at the Army Foundation College in September.

Ryan said:

"The LIFE course taught me leadership qualities and the importance of discipline.

"My favourite part of the course was the rescue exercise when I had to retrieve a casualty from a maze of smoke-filled tunnels.

"I felt proud that my instructor said that I would be an asset to the military, which is my career goal."

Life skills course Grove Academy
Students take part in drills organised by North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

The Local Intervention Fire Education (LIFE) scheme, addresses the problems of young people, aged between 13 and 17, particularly those who have offended, are at risk of offending or have been victims of crime.

The week-long course highlights the consequences of anti-social behaviour and teaches fire safety awareness, life skills and values.

The course is run by North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.