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School wins diabetes award for pupil care

Published on 07/06/19

Thetford Academy has been recognised with an award for the support it gives to diabetic pupils.

The school received the Good Diabetes Care In Schools Award from the charity Diabetes UK for ensuring that pupils with the condition are safe, included, and helped to manage their health.

Year 9 student Sinead Byrne, who has type 1 diabetes, nominated Thetford Academy for the award. She explained: “The staff always make sure I check my bloods and take action.

“There’s a private place for me to do my injection and staff ensure I always have my supplies so I’m never in danger.”

Diabetes is a serious health condition which causes sufferers to have too much glucose in their blood. People with diabetes need to carefully monitor and manage their blood sugar levels, which may involve injecting the synthetic hormone insulin, or they could become ill.

Thetford Academy’s support plan for diabetic pupils includes a supervised safe space where they can check their blood glucose and inject insulin, ensuring emergency supplies of food and medication are always available, and frequent communication with parents to make sure pupils are keeping well.

Lesley Challoner, project manager for the schools award scheme at Diabetes UK, said: "Being an award holder is something to be proud of. It shows that your school takes the care and inclusion of children with medical conditions such as diabetes very seriously, and that you are delivering good practice care."

Brittany Chmielewski, lead practitioner for SEND, and senior teaching assistant Karon Fisher accepted the award on behalf of the school.

Brittany said: “We are very excited about winning the award and being recognised for the care we provide.”