Investigators to visit Jane Austen College in Norwich where student fell from height

The Jane Austen College, Colegate, Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Jane Austen College, Colegate, Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2014

A pupil from Norwich's Jane Austen College was last night still in hospital after suffering head injuries after a fall from height.

Emergency services were called after a pupil at Jane Austen College suffered serious head injuries.

Emergency services were called after a pupil at Jane Austen College suffered serious head injuries. Picture by Nicholas Carding. - Credit: Archant

Investigators from the Health and Safety Executive will visit the school today to establish exactly what happened.

It is understood the pupil fell down a stairwell and sustained serious head injuries at the Colegate school at about 3.30pm on Monday.

He was treated by paramedics from the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and the East of England Ambulance Service sent a rapid response vehicle and ambulance crew.

Critical care paramedic Chris Neil, of Norfolk Accident Rescue Service, was also on scene in a rapid response vehicle.

Picture: Nick Jones @TheOneNickJones

Picture: Nick Jones @TheOneNickJones - Credit: Archant

The pupil, whose age has not been confirmed, was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge – a specialist trauma and head injury centre in the region.


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A spokesman for the school said: 'Our thoughts are with him and his family. We are making sure that fellow students have the support they need both immediately and in the days ahead.

'We are very grateful for the quick response and professionalism of the ambulance service, air ambulance, and police.'

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The critical incident team from Norfolk County Council's children's services department was at the school today to support students.

And the school's principal, Rebecca Handley-Kirk, sent a letter home to parents explaining that there had been an incident and urging parents to keep a close eye on the effect on their children.

She wrote: 'Young people who experience an unusual event will try and make sense of what happened. It's quite normal for them to be upset for quite a while. They may feel angry, sad, guilty, scared, confused or any combination of feelings.

'They will worry less if you can help them to see that their reactions are normal and understandable. You can help them feel safe by sticking to their normal routines as much as possible and continuing with everyday activities.'

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