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Bethnal Green schoolgirl still critical after stairwell fall but school is 'not to blame'

PUBLISHED: 15:32 15 October 2010

Raine's Foundation School

Raine's Foundation School

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AN 11-year old girl who is fighting for her life after she fell six flights of stairs from a bannister at her school in Bethnal Green has been transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Ambulances were called to Raine’s Foundation School in Approach Road on Wednesday after they received reports that a girl had fallen down an internal stairwell.

The Advertiser understands the girl, who has been named locally as Elle Hiscott, fell over a bannister to the ground floor, onto her head.

She was treated at the scene by doctors and paramedics and was taken by ambulance to Whitechapel’s Royal London Hospital in a serious condition. She has since been transferred to the children’s hospital in central London where her condition is still said to be serious.

Tower Hamlets council has said a Health and Safety Executive investigation in the incident has revealed that the school was not to blame.

A spokesman said: “As with any incident which results in a serious injury the Health Safety Executive were involved and immediately carried out a site visit. They were satisfied that there was no case to answer.

“Our main priority now is to provide support to the students and staff and our thoughts are with the pupil and her parents at this time.”

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