Children rushed to hospital after roof collapses at London school

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Twelve children and an adult have been taken to hospital after a second floor ceiling collapsed at a school in Dulwich, south-east London.

The ceiling of a Year 3 classroom at the private Rosemead Preparatory School and Nursery collapsed on the second floor on Monday morning.

Sixteen people were treated at the scene by ambulance crews and one adult and 12 children were taken to hospital, the London Ambulance Service said.

The roof collapses at the school in Dulwich, south east London, injuring a number of children (London Fire Brigade)
The roof collapses at the school in Dulwich, south-east London, injuring a number of children. (London Fire Brigade)

Three fire engines and around 20 firefighters were called to the scene on Thurlow Park Road, London Fire Brigade confirmed.

Children in Year 3 are typically seven or eight-year-olds. All other children and staff were safely evacuated from the building.

London Fire Brigade said in a statement: "All other children and staff were safely evacuated from the building. 

"Firefighters carried out a systematic search of the building and confirmed with the school that all children and staff were accounted for.

"A specialist USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) team and equipment were also used to confirm the building was at no further risk of collapse."

Rosemead school is located in Dulwich, south east London. A number of children were taken to hospital following a roof collapse. (Google Maps)
Rosemead school is located in Dulwich, south east London. A number of children were taken to hospital following a roof collapse. (Google Maps)

The private school has said it is “working closely with the authorities” to understand what caused a ceiling to collapse in one of its Year 3 classrooms.

A statement from Rosemead Preparatory School said: “This morning in one of our Year 3 classrooms, a ceiling collapsed resulting in the attendance of the emergency services.

“Some injuries were sustained and some of those involved have been taken to hospital, and we are working with our students and families to support them.

“We are working closely with the authorities to understand the cause of the incident and we will provide more information as soon as we can.

Later, the chairman of governors of the school confirmed no-one received life-threatening or life-changing injuries.

Nick Crawford said: “At 9.30am, in one of our Year 3 classrooms, a ceiling collapsed, resulting in the attendance of the emergency services. Sixteen children and one teacher were in the room when the ceiling collapsed. 

"Unfortunately, some injuries were sustained and 11 children were taken to hospital, together with two adults. There were no life-threatening injuries or life-changing injuries and the majority have been discharged.”

He said the school was “working closely with the authorities and relevant specialists to understand the cause” of the collapse.

Crawford added: “This has been a worrying time for the children involved, their families and the wider school.

“We understand from initial examinations that there are no concerns regarding the rest of the building and we will work with the authorities regards any investigations to be undertaken.

“I would sincerely like to thank members of staff, the emergency services and those who sent messages of support from the wider community.”

“Parents and families can be reassured that the school day is continuing as usual today for the rest of the school.”

A Met Police spokesperson said: “All children and staff have been accounted for and the school is currently in the process of contacting parents.

(Yahoo News)
(Yahoo News)

“We await an update on assessment of any injuries. There are extensive road closures in place as emergency services respond.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: “I’m in close contact with the emergency services following a ceiling collapse at a school in south London, and I want to thank them for their swift response.

“A number of people were treated for minor injuries and a number of children taken to hospital by London Ambulance crews.

“I’m relieved to hear that all children and staff are accounted for and I wish everyone affected a full and speedy recovery.”

Labour’s Helen Hayes, the MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, tweeted: “Very concerned to hear of the collapse of a ceiling at Rosemead School this morning.

“My thoughts are with the children, staff and parents. I hope no-one is seriously injured.

“I’ve contacted the school to offer my support. My thanks to the emergency services who attended the scene.”

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