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South Tyneside school praised for care after pupil’s accident

HELP ... seven-year-old Millie Carter pointing out which bones she broke in her leg on a model skeleton held by her teacher, Christopher Graham.
 Behind them are Millies mum Gillian, teaching assistant, Jasmine Black and Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families.

HELP ... seven-year-old Millie Carter pointing out which bones she broke in her leg on a model skeleton held by her teacher, Christopher Graham. Behind them are Millies mum Gillian, teaching assistant, Jasmine Black and Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families.

A SCHOOL has been voted top of the class for lavishing tender, loving care on one of its pupils after she broke her leg.

Millie Carter fractured her left leg when she fell off her scooter near her home in Holland Park Drive, Jarrow.

But staff at Hedworth Lane Primary School, Boldon Colliery, later pulled out all the stops, ensuring the seven-year-old lost very little time away from lessons.

Millie’s parents, Gill and David Carter, have heaped praise on the school for the care it lavished on their daughter, including providing a wheelchair and even a zimmer frame for Millie to get to classes.

Mr Carter, 39, said: “I would like to recognise the efforts of the teaching staff at Hedworth Lane Primary School.

“My daughter broke her leg on the last week of the summer holidays, and there was concern she was not in a position to attend school, due to the severity of the injury.

“I spoke to Mr Gill, the headteacher, and he assured me that the school would be more than capable of looking after my little girl.”

Mr Carter said the school went “far beyond my expectations with the diligence and due care with my daughter while under his supervision.” He added that he would like to nominate Mr Gill and his staff for an award.

Mrs Carter, 40, added: “The school was really fantastic after Millie broke her leg.

“She was not old enough for crutches, so they organised a wheelchair and everyone helped by pushing her around.

“They even organised a sort of zimmer frame for Millie and helped with her physiotherapy.

“Everyone from the headteacher to the class teacher and a dinner lady helped out, and my husband and I are so grateful to the school.”

Headteacher Tony Gill said: “This was really a great team effort by the school, particularly involving Millie’s class teacher, Christopher Graham, teaching assistant Jasmine Black and lunchtime superviser Gill Smith.”

Coun Joan Atkinson, South Tyneside Council’s lead member for children, young people and families, said: “I’m delighted Mr Carter has gone to such great lengths to publicly thank the staff of Hedworth Lane Primary School for all their hard work.

“The care shown towards Millie perfectly illustrates the level of inclusion, personal attention and support that schools such as Hedworth Lane Primary try to aspire towards for each and every one of their pupils.”

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