Update on incident at St Joseph’s RC School

Following the incident this morning in which a pupil was injured by a section of rendering material which became detached from a boundary wall in the playground at St Joseph’s RC School, we can confirm the pupil is recovering from a foot injury.

Staff at the school have been liaising with the pupil’s family and will continue to receive updates. The best wishes of all at St Joseph’s and Aberdeen City Council have been passed to the pupil and his family.

Our thanks go to colleagues in the emergency services and school staff members who responded quickly to the incident.

In line with procedure, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was notified of the incident and is investigating. Due to the ongoing work by the HSE it would not be appropriate for Aberdeen City Council to comment further on specific detail, but we are fully supporting the investigation. We are also conducting our own review into the circumstances of the incident.

The area affected in the school playground has been securely fenced off to prevent access whilst the investigation takes place. The school remained open as usual today and will continue to operate as normal, with supervision of pupils in the playground.

The safety and wellbeing of all pupils, staff and visitors at Aberdeen’s schools is a priority for the Council and as part of the response to this incident precautionary checks are being carried out at all Aberdeen City Council schools.