SHARDS of glass landed just feet from pupils when a classroom window was broken during rebuilding work at a Sheffield school.
The incident happened during a Year 8 maths lesson at Notre Dame RC High School, Ranmoor, which is undergoing a multi-million pound revamp.
Sheffield Council said nobody was hurt and that it was the first accident of its kind during a huge programme to revamp all city secondary schools, being carried out by Vinci Construction.
A concerned parent who contacted The Star said: “A large piece of wood slipped as it was being carried up a lift by builders and struck a classroom window.
“My child told me that glass showered the classroom, narrowly missing one of the youngsters.”
Sheffield Council, which is overseeing the rebuilding work as part of the massive Building Schools for the Future project to replace old fashioned secondary schools with ultra-modern facilities, said it was an ‘isolated’ case.
However, a landslip occurred on Glossop Road, Broomhill, last autumn, close to excavations for the rebuilding of King Edward VII school by Vinci. An investigation is yet to reveal the cause.
But there have been no other incidents where damage has occurred to classrooms despite rebuilding work taking place at the same time as schools are occupied.
The incident at Notre Dame involved a two-metre baton of 45mm by 20mm wood used for the roof, which struck the glass window, shattering a hole in the 1.1m x 0.65m pane with shards falling into the classroom near the teacher’s desk.
Keith Shivers, regional director for Vinci, said: “We take health and safety extremely seriously and of course immediately launched an investigation - as is our normal procedure.”
Jane Willis, head teacher at Notre Dame High School, revealed a first aider was called as a precaution. She added: “All the students in the class were evacuated safely and talked to in order to ensure they were calm before moving to their next lesson.”