AN air ambulance was scrambled to Turton School after a construction worker collapsed this morning.

The school's site manager Andy Morris and his staff performed CPR and managed to revive the man, who is part of the team working on the school's multi-million pound building project.

The incident happened at 10.42am and a staff from the school rushed to administer the life-saving treatment as paramedics arrived on site.

Headteacher Sam Gorse said: "We are having quite a big building project at the school and of the construction workers collapsed.

"Andy was absolutely superb, he and the caretaking team managed to bring him round.

"They started performing CPR and used the defibrillator we have in school. We left him in the care of the paramedics."

It is not know why the man collapsed but the incident was not connected to the building project.

He was placed under the care of the paramedics.

She said the incident had left people, especially his team shaken and that the school's thoughts were with the man.

Locally young people across Bolton have been campaigning for First Aid lessons to be placed on timetable and a number of schools now have defibrillators on site, many of which have been donated.

Ms Gorse said: "Defibrillator machines are lifesavers, they are amazing machines. We also train our pupils in CPR and in using the defibrillators but they are so easy to use."

A spokesman for North West Ambulance Service said: “An air ambulance responded to a call at Turton School at 10.42am. In addition, two rapid response units and an ambulance were despatched to the school. They are responding to an incident inside the school.”