STAFF at Sidemoor First School have undergone specialist training to support one of their pupils after he was diagnosed with type one diabetes.

When seven-year-old Jack Sealey was diagnosed with the lifelong condition last month, meaning he needs frequent blood sugar tests and insulin injections, his mum Gemma was worried he might have to leave full-time education.

But teachers at Sidemoor First rallied together to arrange a whole-staff training day with a diabetic nurse, meaning teachers can inject Jack in school, and taught fellow students how to recognise the signs and symptoms of diabetes.

Mum-of-three Gemma said: "This has been a very steep learning curve and put all of the teachers out of their comfort zones. But a few days in they have all done a fantastic job.

"They've been absolutely amazing and definitely deserve some recognition.

"Without them Jack wouldn't be at school.

"Jack will have to inject himself four times a day for the rest of his life. But he's coped with it so well. I'm so proud."

Jack first started showing symptoms two months ago - complaining of thirst and needing the toilet more - and was eventually rushed to hospital when he fell into a drunk-like state and was struggling to stay awake.

Described by his mum as a 'very happy active boy' and a 'lovely bubbly character', Jack has recently started doing his own insulin injections.

A school spokesman said: "All of the staff at Sidemoor First School are committed to giving the best start in every child's educational life.

"Some of our children have challenges to face but they know that they are cared for and do not face these alone."