CHILDREN from Astley School were given a special assembly by the Canal and River Trust on the dangers of open water.

Sue Matthews visited the school to give a talk on water safety and offer advice on what steps youngsters should take to avoid getting into difficulty.

Her presentation was based around a banner illustrating wise and foolish ways of behaving around water while children were also encouraged to identify dangers.

Older pupils learnt in more detail what they might do if they encountered someone getting into difficulty, with the clear message being not to jump in the water but use safe alternatives as to how they can help.

Head teacher Ali Reakes-Williams said: “This was a most engaging presentation giving a really important message for us all.

“We want our children to enjoy the local rivers and canals whilst clearly understanding how to keep themselves and other safe.”

Year 6 pupil Olivia Hill said: “I learnt today that SAFE has a big meaning: Stay Away From the Edge. While Thomas Henry, who is in Year 3 added: “I have learnt not to be silly near water as it can be dangerous.”