Boy, 14, in fall from '4th floor' of Fairfield High School foyer
A TEENAGE boy needed treatment in intensive care after falling from a stairwell in the foyer of Fairfield High School.
Pupils watched in horror as the student, believed to be 14 years old, suffered serious chest and head injuries on Friday afternoon. Paramedics and a critical care team from Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) sedated the pupil as they treated him at the scene, before he was taken to Frenchay Hospital.
Over the weekend, he was moved to Bristol Children's Hospital and was described last night as being in a "stable" condition.
GWAS spokeswoman Mel Glanville said paramedics who treated the pupil at lunch-time had been told that he had fallen from the fourth floor of the school.
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All pupils were sent home after the incident and counselling and support has been made available to anyone who needs it.
A statement on the school website read: "Fairfield High School can confirm that a pupil fell from the stairwell and has been taken to hospital with serious injuries.
"Our thoughts and good wishes are with the pupil involved and his family and friends in what has been a shocking and distressing incident for us all. Thank you to all the students for their excellent behaviour and how calm and sensible they remained."
The council, police and the school are investigating how the boy ended up being injured in the £19 million building, which opened in 2006.
The school opened from 9am to noon on Saturday, with a counsellor and senior staff available for any pupils or parents traumatised by what happened.
That support will continue this week.
Head teacher Catriona Mangham, pictured, said on the school's website yesterday: "We are able to let you know that the pupil involved in the accident on Friday has been moved to the Children's Hospital and is in a stable condition.
"If students would like to send cards to him we would ask they bring them in to school on Monday morning and either hand to their tutor or student reception and a member of staff will take them all to him later that day.
"School will be open as normal on Monday with support services available from the local authority to students if they require them.
"I would like to thank also the number of parents and pupils who have contacted the school with best wishes and offers of support over the last 24 hours."
Councillor Sean Emmett, who is a governor at the school, told the Evening Post last night that the governors were investigating the incident.
"This is of course something which the governors will have the responsibility to investigate," he said.
"When the school was being designed safety was considered at that time, and we will need to look at that again.
"I was very shocked to hear what had happened and my thoughts go out to the pupil and his parents."
Elmfield School for Deaf Children, whose secondary school shares Fairfield's building, had to cancel its musical show due to be held on Friday night.
No one from the council was available when the Evening Post attempted to contact them for comment yesterday.