Students paid £15,000 for injuries at Plymouth schools
STUDENTS have claimed more than £15,000 in compensation from Plymouth City Council for personal injuries at city schools, The Herald can reveal.
One student was pushed off a slide, another reacted to an antibacterial spray used for cleaning and another sustained burns to the forearms.
In the last three financial years the total the council has paid out is £15,845 for the incidents.
The pupil who sustained burns to their forearms was paid £9,700, while the pupil who was injured when pushed off a slide received £4,145.
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Finally a student who reacted to an antibacterial spray used for cleaning was paid £2,000 by the council.
The Herald gained the information following a Freedom of Information request.
Councillor Nicky Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "Our schools have excellent health and safety records and they take pupil welfare and safety extremely seriously, which is clear from these figures.
"When you consider there are literally thousands of pupils attending schools in Plymouth every year, three successful personal injury claims over a three year period is very low.
"We would obviously aim for there to be no injuries involving students and will continue to support schools to ensure children learn in the best and safest environments possible."
Heidi Price, chair of the Plymouth Association of Primary Headteachers, said: "Our schools work meticulously to maintain high standards in health and safety records and they take pupil welfare and safety extremely seriously.
"Plymouth Local Authority have ensured that all key staff have a high level of health and safety training and we are continually keen to improve and develop the systems we use to keep pupils safe."