Boy 'stable' after stairwell fall at a school in Bristol

Fairfield High School, Bristol
Image caption The boy fell from a stairwell at the school which opened in 2006

A 12-year-old boy has been seriously injured in a fall from a stairwell at a school in Bristol.

The pupil, at Fairfield High School in Horfield, was taken to the city's Frenchay Hospital on Friday with serious chest and head injuries.

In a statement on its website, the school said it had been "a shocking and distressing incident for us all".

A full inquiry is being carried out by the police, school and council. The boy is currently stable in hospital.

Great Western Ambulance Service spokeswoman Mel Glanville said: "Paramedics and a critical care team attended the scene where the patient, suffering from head and chest injuries, was sedated before being transferred to hospital."

Pupils were sent home following the lunchtime incident and the school was reopened on Saturday morning to offer students' counselling and support.

A statement on the school website read: "Our thoughts and good wishes are with the pupil involved and his family and friends."

Head teacher Catriona Mangham said: "I would like also to thank the number of parents and pupils who have contacted the school with best wishes and offers of support over the last 24 hours."

"A full investigation is under way and the school is working closely with the council and the police to establish what happened and avoid further incidents," a spokeswoman for Bristol City Council said.

"Support has been offered to staff and students over the weekend and will continue to be available," she added.

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