A male teacher has been taken to hospital and a teenage boy arrested after a suspected stabbing at a secondary school in Gloucestershire.
Police were called to Tewkesbury School in the town of the same name at around 9.10 this morning with a report that a pupil had stabbed a teacher.
The school was locked down and officers rushed to the scene, as pupils at the adjacent primary school and nursery were also confined to their classrooms.
Three ambulances were sent to the school, before one took the victim to Gloucester Royal Hospital.
Parents, who had earlier been told to stay away from the school, were told by police to go to Dobbies Garden Centre nearby where officers would offer assistance.
However, there were reports of around 100 people on the road outside this morning.
An adult has been taken to hospital and a teenage boy arrested after a suspected stabbing at a secondary school in Gloucestershire. Police were called to Tewkesbury School in the town of the same name at around 9.10 this morning with a report that a pupil had stabbed a teacher
Tewkesbury School, which was founded in 1972 and became an academy in 2012, has around 1,400 students aged 11 to 18.
Headteacher Kathleen McGillycuddy was appointed last year.
A Glocestershire Police spokesman said: ‘An adult has been taken to hospital with a suspected stab wound following an incident at Tewkesbury School.
‘We were called around 9.10am today (Monday) with a report a pupil had stabbed a teacher. A teenage boy has been arrested in connection with the incident.’
Ms McGillycuddy said: ‘We appreciate that this morning has been a worrying time for all associated with Tewkesbury Academy.
‘We are writing to reassure you that all pupils remain safe and well.
‘We were alerted shortly before 9am this morning to reports of a serious incident which left a male member of staff in need of hospital treatment.
‘The school was locked down and police were called immediately when we became aware of this incident.
‘We have since been taking advice from the Police on when and how to share updates with you.
‘In the last few minutes Police have arrested a teenage boy in connection with this incident.
‘In conjunction with Police advice the lockdown remains in place as a precaution. We hope to be able to provide a further update once cleared by Police in the near future.
‘Thank you for patience and understanding at this difficult time.’
A spokesperson for the South Western Ambulance Service said: ‘We were called at 09:08hrs to an incident in Tewkesbury on Monday 10 July.
‘We sent three double-crewed land ambulances and two operations officers. We conveyed one patient by land to Gloucester Royal Hospital.’
Parents of pupils at Tewkesbury School were sent a message at 9.30 this morning advising them that the school had gone into lockdown.
It read: ‘A message to all parents and carers: Tewkesbury Academy has gone into lockdown this morning.
‘Please do not attend the site or ring. We will make more information available shortly.’
A Glocestershire Police spokesman said: ‘An adult has been taken to hospital with a suspected stab wound following an incident at Tewkesbury School. ‘We were called around 9.10am today (Monday) with a report a pupil had stabbed a teacher. A teenage boy has been arrested in connection with the incident’
Tewkesbury School in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, is in ‘lockdown’, according to police
The adjacent Tirlebrook Primary School, which also contains a nursery, was also locked down, according to a statement on Facebook.
The school said: ‘An incident has occurred this morning at Tewkesbury Academy and we have been advised by Tewkesbury Police to put in place a lock down,’ they said.
‘We have a police presence at school and are being fully supported at this time. We would like to reassure all families that children at Tirlebrook and Little Oaks are safe and well.
‘We must ask that families do not come to school during this time as this could compromise the police operation currently underway and also compromise the safety of the children.
‘During this situation all school staff will be supporting the children and liaising with the police so we would ask that you do not attempt to communicate with the school office.
‘We thank you all for your support and will update you as soon as possible when we know more.’
The school lockdowns and police response led to delays on the nearby A438 Ashchurch Road, which was partially blocked in both directions.