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Boy (10) arrested after teacher stabbed with pencil in school

Miranda Prynne

Published 19/06/2014 | 13:53

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A ten-year-old boy was arrested after a teacher was stabbed with a pencil at a struggling school.

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The year-five pupil was detained by police on suspicion of assault while the teacher was taken to hospital with a “minor puncture wound” to his arm.

The 60-year-old teacher was attacked at New Park School in Wolverhampton at about 9.30am on Wednesday morning.

Police released the boy on bail the same day pending further enquiries.

The teacher was said to be “fine” and was back in school teaching on Thursday morning.

The school, which caters for youngsters with behavioural, emotional and social problems, was placed in special measures in February after being heavily criticised by Ofsted inspectors.

Former headmistress Sharon Humphreyson resigned following the two-day inspection of the school, which branded it ‘inadequate’ in all four main areas of pupils’ achievement, quality of teaching ,behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

It now has a police officer on the site full-time to try and maintain order and a fence has been erected around the school to prevent pupils skipping lessons.

But a source close to a teacher at the school told the Express & Star there were still many problems and likened it to a ‘war zone’.

He said: “Staff are being put at risk all the time and nobody is really saying anything about it.

“Staff have been saying for some time that something was going to happen, and now it has.”

Police said an officer had been based at the school site full-time for a number of weeks.

A West Midlands police spokesman said: “A school pupil was arrested yesterday morning after a teacher was assaulted at a Wolverhampton school.

“Police attended New Park School, on Cromer Gardens, shortly after 9.30am when a teacher at the school suffered a minor puncture wound to his arm during an altercation with a pupil.

“The 60-year-old was assaulted with a pencil. He was taken to hospital for treatment.

“The pupil, aged 10, was taken into police custody, on suspicion of assault. He was later bailed pending further enquiries.”

A second Ofsted inspection last month said the school had become a “calmer, safer place”. Inspector Sue Morris-King said: “Pupils are responding well to the calmer environment. Attendance at school and in lessons is beginning to rise accordingly.

“During the monitoring inspection, pupils were almost all in their lessons and doing their work.

“They mostly interacted positively with staff and were much more relaxed about having visitors in the classroom than at the time of the inspection in February.”

Telegraph.co.uk

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