A SOUTHAMPTON school has become a vaccine training centre where hundreds will be taught to administer Covid-19 vaccines.

King Edward VI School in Shirley is providing it's facilities to St John Ambulance as they play a 'critical role' in the pandemic.

Hundreds of volunteers are set to be trained to carry out vaccinations in Southampton and surrounding areas.

This comes after the school DT department used its facilities to supply PPE and Scrubs to Southampton Children’s Hospital and Hedge End Medical Centre in the first national lockdown.

The Head of King Edward VI School, Mr Parker, said in a statement: “We all know that getting the vaccine out to those in need most is a tremendous logistical exercise.

"It needs huge numbers of trained volunteers to carry out the vaccinations, at an unprecedented scale and speed.

"St John Ambulance will be playing a critical role in this endeavour and we are delighted to offer our assistance.”

King Edward VI School where over 1,300 11-18-year-olds normally attend, is the oldest school in Southampton, with a history stretching back over 460 years.

It is also said to be a "vibrant, modern institution and community hub" which the school says is demonstrated through this latest partnership.