Teacher And Child Suffer Burns At School

1 December 2011, 10:34 | Updated: 1 December 2011, 13:44

A woman teacher and six year old boy have had to be treated for burns after an explosion and fire at a Milton Keynes school.

It happened at the Hazeley Academy at around 1pm on Wednesday 30 November 2011, when most of the school was closed because of the public sector worker strike over pensions.

The 35 year old woman was flown to Stoke Mandeville Hospital near Aylesbury with burns to her face and body.  The six year old boy suffered superficial burns to his face and was taken by road ambulance to Milton Keynes Hospital, but was later discharged.

The school have released a statement saying that the woman was a science teacher and that they believe she had been rehearsing a tried and tested demonstration involving a flammable substance when some of her clothing caught fire.  The six year old boy was not a student of the school, but the child of another teacher who had been taken into the Academy while their own school was closed because of the strike.

A health and safety investigation is now underway into exactly how the fire started.  The school say they are in frequent contact with Stoke Mandeville Hospital and the family of the injured teacher.