BREAKING NEWS: Uckfield students taken to hospital

Three sixth form students were taken to hospital this afternoon (Thursday September 12) after falling backwards off a stage while they were having school photographs taken.

The incident happened at Uckfield Community Technology College at around midday today (Thursday September 12).

A platform had been set up in the school field for students to stand on for a special photograph for the school’s 60th anniversary.

Deputy Principle Helena Read said three sixth form pupils had climbed up to the top level of the stage when the barrier at the back of the top level failed and they fell backwards off of it.

It is believed they fell about 20ft.

Ambulance crews attended the school and took the pupils to hospital.

A spokeswoman for South East Coast Ambulance Service said one student suffered a back injury and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

Another student suffered an arm injury and was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital and another was taken to Pembury Hospital.

She said: “We received a call at 12:25pm after reports three students had fallen 20ft from a temporary stage. Three patients all 17 year olds were assessed and treated by ambulance crews.”

Ms Read said: “Some of the students fell over the back. They were injured but we do not believe to be seriously injured.

“There was some kind of failure of the barrier. The students were taken to hospital.

“There were only sixth form there at the time which was about 20 students.”

An investigation will now take place to find the cause.