A primary school now has access to life-saving medical equipment thanks to a donation by the West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Castle Caereinion CiW School pupils Evan Bowden and Rachael James, and school secretary Olga Pugh accepted the defibrillator from a paramedic who visited the school.

Headteacher Sarah Brian said: “This is an excellent life-saving device that we feel honoured to have been asked to have sited here.”

The Ambulance Service contacted the school as they wished for more defibrillators to be available in the area.

Ms Brian added: “As the school is at the heart of the community here in Castle Caereinion we thought it was an ideal opportunity to site one here.”

There are now two defibrillators in the village, with the other located at Castle Caereinion Post Office.

The new defibrillator is available for public use and can be accessed at any time when the school is open.

Staff will be trained on how to use the life-saving device which can shock a person’s heart back into a normal rhythm if they go into cardiac arrest.

The school joins two other Montgomeryshire schools – Ysgol Llanfyllin and Ysgol Bro Hyddgen, Machynlleth – which have installed defibrillators.