Academy statement - Tuesday 2nd May 2017

2nd May 2017

NCEA entranceAs you may be aware, over the weekend, the academy was informed that one of our year 10 students required medical attention after allegedly being subject to chlorine poisoning. The allegation (shared via Facebook) was that the student had become ill following a science lesson at the academy, which led to hospitalisation.

The leadership team at the National Church of England Academy have fully investigated the allegation internally and have concluded the following:

  • The activity was a controlled experiment set-up by experienced and qualified members of teaching staff and science technicians
  • Correct health and safety procedures were followed – all students were briefed on the experiment and were wearing personal protective equipment appropriate for the activity
  • The length of the experiment was very short as per recommended guidelines
  • The academy has today spoken with the students who were involved in the lesson, in order to help establish the facts associated around this allegation

Following our investigation, we are satisfied that the illness to the student did not occur as a result of being present during the science experiment or anything that has happened at the National Church of England Academy. Our academy director is liaising with the family to establish exactly what may have occurred – our main concern at this time is that the student makes a full and speedy recovery.

The health and safety of all students within the academy is of paramount importance at all times. We ensure that all activities of this nature in the science department and elsewhere in the academy are fully risk assessed before student participation occurs.

We will be making no further statement at this time.