Sheffield High School is one of the 24 schools and two academies administered by the Girls’ Day School Trust. The Trust was formed in 1872 by a Christian group, but the schools are now non-denominational and girls are admitted irrespective of background or belief. The Trust schools are independent as a result of the phasing out of the Direct Grant scheme in 1976.
As a member of the Girls’ Day School Trust, Sheffield High School forms part of an organization which, for well over a century, has promoted the education of girls. Early pupils were among the first women to obtain university degrees and enter the professions.
We were contacted in early 2014 to discuss a bespoke fire training programme. With over 80 staff, the management team had already provided instruction in emergency procedures and basic fire awareness.
A training package was agreed and in April, we attended site to carry out a full day of training. This consisted of a series of 5 one hour fire extinguisher theory and practice. This was conducted in a safe area which was risk assessed. A gas simulator was used to create a read fire for delegates to use extinguishers on. Over 75 staff attended the training and gained much needed confidence and experience.