Governors fined after pupil’s injury

The Governing Body of the Judd School, based in Tonbridge, Kent, was fined £10,000 with £1,375 costs by Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court after a substantial breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 led to a pupil’s injury.

The 14-year-old boy was standing adjacent to a shot put landing area when he was hit on the head by another boy’s shot, fracturing his skull. The school’s risk assessment failed to follow guidance from the Association for Physical Education concerning the number of activities being carried out simultaneously, despite crossreferencing to this document.

The Court agreed that running six sports at the same time, with three of them being throwing disciplines, was unsafe. This created a significant risk, as did the proximity of the triple-jump pit (where the injured boy had been standing) to the shot put landing area.

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