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 ‘Millie’s Mark’
~ excellence in paediatric  rst aid
Brabyns Preparatory School, Cheshire, has become the  rst independent school in the area
to receive Millie’s Mark, the
new quality mark for excellence in paediatric  rst aid for Early Years settings. Brabyns has been awarded Millie’s Mark by National Day Nurseries Association in collaboration with Department for Education and Millie’s Trust.
Millie’s Mark is named after Millie Thompson, who died as a result of choking in a Nursery in 2012. Millie’s parents Dan and Joanne Thompson have campaigned for all staff to have paediatric  rst aid training and having Millie’s Mark demonstrates that nurseries have met this and other criteria.
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In addition, it shows they ensure they keep these crucial skills
in the forefront of employees’ minds, so they are competent and can apply paediatric  rst aid in any situation.
Janine Sharp, Deputy Headteacher at Brabyns Preparatory School, said: “Achieving this award has been such an achievement for our Nursery. It helped us re ect on our practice and realise our many strengths surrounding paediatric  rst aid as well as what we
could do further to improve on standards.”
Millie’s Mark is being awarded
to nurseries where all staff members who work with children
are quali ed in paediatric  rst aid and who have well-deployed  rst aid processes. All nurseries achieving Millie’s Mark have their own individual policies and procedures in exemplary practice.
At Brabyns every member of staff, both in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and main School are  rst aid trained and have refresher training every year. The School has also recently introduced  rst aid training for its parents and Year 6 children, as well as purchasing a de brillator, which is available for all the community to use due to its convenient placement outside the School.
Lee Sanders, Headteacher at Brabyns, said: “We are absolutely
thrilled to have been awarded Millie’s Mark in recognition of things we have been routinely doing for a long time. This
is a special achievement and illustrates how serious we are about ensuring all children in our care are safe. I would like
to thank everyone who has supported us during this process and we are all very much looking forward to celebrating our success and continuing our great practice.”
 First class school refurbishment
Novus Property Solutions redecorated  ve buildings at one of Scotland’s largest independent schools.
Founded almost 200 years ago
in 1818, making it the oldest co-educational boarding school
in Scotland, Dollar Academy in Clackmannanshire is a day and boarding school for 1,200 boys and girls aged from  ve to eighteen.
The 70 acre school campus features numerous buildings of period and modern design, all set in a stunning location, with the breathtaking Ochil Hills providing the backdrop.
The redecoration project took just six weeks to complete in order to  t in with the school’s summer holiday break, limiting disruption to pupils and staff. Between four and six Novus operatives from its Bathgate of ce worked simultaneously around the school campus in order to meet the agreed deadline. The wide- ranging works included repainting the exterior of one building and the interior of four buildings on campus, as well as refreshing the road and playground markings throughout the school grounds.
The school’s Playfair building, with its distinctive neo-classical façade, was designed by the eminent Scottish architect William Henry
Playfair. The team repainted the main reception area and back of ce as well as the entranceway to the main assembly hall in the Playfair building, ensuring that all works carried out were sensitive to the original structure.
In the award-winning Maguire building, which houses the school’s art, PE and drama facilities, the team refreshed the gym hall,  rst aid room and entrance. While in the Dewar building, which houses the science department, Novus operatives repainted the ground  oor foyer area. Crown Clean Extreme in both matt and acrylic eggshell were used to guarantee a long-lasting stain-resistant  nish which can be easily cleaned, saving future maintenance costs.
The Junior School building required redecorating throughout and Novus was tasked with repainting seven classrooms as well as various corridor areas and the toilets. Johnstone’s Acrylic Durable Eggshell and Acrylic Satin, which were specially mixed
to shades from the Farrow and Ball range, were applied, providing a high performance tough coating – ideal for a busy school environment.
As part of the project, Novus also refreshed the exterior of the Prep
School building, including the roughcast facia and sof ts. Crown Stronghold Smooth Masonry
paint, guaranteed to last for 10 years, was speci ed in a neutral magnolia. Designed to effectively resist dirt retention, the paint is anti-carbonation certi ed and offers excellent weather resistance – ensuring the Prep School will withstand the elements for years to come. Crown Full Gloss in charcoal grey was used for the exterior woodwork.
As well as refreshing the campus road markings, the team also repainted the playground markings including hopscotch and other traditional playground games, for the Junior and Prep Schools, using a
specialist Chlorinated Rubber paint in various colours.
David Yuill-Kirkwood, building
and contracts manager at Dollar Academy commented: “It was vital that all the refurbishment work was completed before the start of the new school term and the limited timescale meant there was no room for any delay. We were impressed by Novus – the team worked closely with us throughout and altered their planned schedule of works
at times to  t in around other trades on site, which made the whole process much smoother. The quality of  nish is excellent and the redecorated areas of the school look much brighter and fresher, and all completed within budget.”
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