A teenager has been arrested after a teacher was reportedly stabbed at a school.
Emergency services were called to Tewkesbury School in Gloucestershire at 9.10am this morning after reports the pupil had stabbed a teacher.
Following the incident, the school was closed this morning.
A spokesman for Gloucestershire Constabulary said: “An adult has been taken to hospital with suspected stab wounds following an incident at Tewkesbury School. We were called today around 9:10 a.m. and it was reported that a student had stabbed a teacher. A juvenile has been arrested in connection with the incident.
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12:04 PM BST
All students are ‘safe and sound’ but the lockout remains
A male teacher needs hospital treatment after reports he was stabbed by a student at Twkesbury Academy.
In a statement, the school’s headteacher, Kathleen McGillicuddy, said: “We appreciate that this morning has been a worrying time for everyone involved with Twkesbury Academy. We are writing to make sure all students are safe and well.
“At 9am this morning we received reports of a male member of staff having a serious incident requiring hospital treatment.
“The school was placed on lockdown and the police were immediately called when we became aware of this incident. Since then we have been receiving advice from the police on when and how to share information with you.
“Police have arrested a juvenile in connection with this incident in the last few minutes. The lockdown remains in place as a precaution in conjunction with police advice. We hope to be able to provide further updates in the near future once it has been cleared by police.”
“Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.”
12:03 PM BST
Where is Tewkesbury School?
11:53 am BST
Ofsted downed school and ‘bullying reported’
Tewkesbury School is a secondary school for students aged 11 to 18.
About 1,300 students attend the non-selective school. It was downgraded from “good” to “requires improvement” by Ofsted at its last inspection in October.
Inspectors said some students with special needs were not receiving the support they needed, while students struggling to read were not receiving targeted support at the right time.
An Ofsted report found that some pupils “perpetuated their bad behavior and hindered the learning of others”. Students reported bullying at the school.
11:51 am BST
See: The police entered the school
Three ambulances were sent to the school for a stabbing.
An adult is being treated at Gloucester Royal Infirmary for a suspected stab wound.
A South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust spokeswoman said: “We were called to an incident in Tewkesbury at 09.08 on Monday 10 July. We have sent three two-team ground ambulances and two operations officers. We took one patient by land to Gloucester Royal Infirmary.
11:46 am BST
The Education Secretary is ‘deeply concerned’ and has pledged support.
Education Secretary Gillian Keegan said: “I am deeply concerned by the stabbing at Tewkesbury School.
“We are monitoring the situation closely and are very grateful to the emergency services currently on the scene.
“My department is ready to support the school when the situation arises.”
11:44 am BST
Local schools are closed.
Teachers at nearby Thirlebrook Primary School posted a message on Facebook that the school had been closed on police advice and that parents should not come to the school.
“There was an incident at Tewkesbury Academy this morning and we have been advised by Tewkesbury Police to put a lockdown in place,” he said.
“We have police at the school and are being fully supported at this time. We would like to reassure all families that the children at Tirlebrook and Little Oaks are safe and sound.
“We have to ask families not to come to school during this time because this will affect the work of the police and endanger the safety of the children.
“In this situation, all school staff will support the children and contact the police, so we ask that you do not try to contact the school office.
“We thank you all for your support and will let you know as soon as we know more.”
11:31 am BST
The man who was stabbed was taken to the hospital, police said.
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