School fined for pupil injured in PE class

An English School was fined £10,000 after a pupil suffered a life-threatening injury during a PE lesson. A 14-year-old boy was hit on the head with a shot put during an athletic session at The Jude School in Kent. He required emergency brain surgery and spent a month in hospital before returning to school with a permanent indentation on his skull.

Jude School

Jude School

The student was standing on the edge of the shot put landing area when he was hit on the back of the head. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told the court that the school had not followed its own risk assessment or guidance on multi-event PE lessons. The school admitted to breaching health and safety legislation and stated that they deeply regret the incident. A school statement said: “We have re-examined all our safety procedures in PE and are doing the same across the whole school. We have also shared the lessons from this incident with other secondary schools and we are as confident as we can be that a similar accident will not happen again in future.”

Article courtesy of Touchline Magazine