On the weekend commencing Saturday 25 November, thirteen members of our academy community volunteered at the Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue training facility at RAF Waddington for a front-line responder training experience hosted by the ATACC group. Known for their expertise in trauma and critical care courses, ATACC created immersive scenarios with actors portraying specific roles and varying trauma levels.

On Saturday, staff and students received briefings for their roles in an illegal rave scenario set in a dark, smoke-filled warehouse. Sunday presented an entirely different challenge as the group embodied passengers involved in a simulated train derailment. These scenarios, lasting 20-30 minutes each, were enacted eight times with different candidate teams. The ATACC training events draw medics and emergency service personnel from across the UK and as far afield as New Zealand and the USA.

This marked the fourth occasion our post-16 students were offered the opportunity to participate in this training, solidifying Walton Academy’s unique position as the only school in the UK involved in ATACC group’s training. This profoundly rewarding and distinctive experience is particularly relevant to students studying performing arts or those with an interest in pursuing careers in medical disciplines, armed forces, or emergency services. Anticipation is high for the next training event in March.

We extend our gratitude to the ATACC group for enabling us to provide this extraordinary opportunity as part of our post-16 enrichment programme.