Quick thinking Leeds teacher saves life of pupil

Sheila Howarth at Leeds City Academy.
Sheila Howarth at Leeds City Academy.
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A QUICK-THINKING teacher saved the life of a pupil at a Leeds school when she suddenly stopped breathing.

Sheila Howarth, of Leeds City Academy, stepped in to help 15-year-old Kayleigh who had a seizure and swallowed her tongue.

Her bravery has led to her being nominated in the Yorkshire Evening Post’s search for stars of Leeds’ classrooms.

And it’s all the more remarkable as she was named most inspiring teacher in our award for school superstars last year.

We told then how she has transformed hundreds of lives over the past 18 years thanks to her unwavering belief in each and every pupil who passed through her door.


Kayleigh’s mum Emma Mchugh, who nominated Mrs Howarth, said she was also always approachable and cared deeply for all the students at the school in Woodhouse.

She said: “My children and I think very highly of Sheila. Had it not been for her my daughter would not be here. She also believed in my son when others didn’t and helped him return to a mainstream school.”

Mrs Howarth said she was shocked to have been nominated. She said: “! did what I had to. I cried afterwards. I used to be a nurse a long time ago.

“We have got a very good pastoral team and we all work together as a group. I was in the right place at the right time.”

She added as a teacher she believed everybody was special. “Everybody has got something to give. I find the special thing in every child,” she said.

* The YEP will be featuring some of the teachers and teaching assistants who have been nominated throughout the week.