Statement issued following incident at Fir Vale School, Sheffield

At around 12.55pm this afternoon (Tuesday 25 September), police were called to Fir Vale School on Owler Lane, following reports of an altercation between a group of students.

Officers were deployed and on arrival found that a large number of people had gathered at the school gates.

The crowds dispersed shortly after and officers remained in the area, liaising with the school and to provide reassurance as students at Fir Vale finished for the day.

One student suffered minor injuries during the incident and was treated at the scene.

Superintendent Shelley Hemsley, said: “I’d like to offer my reassurance to the local community that this incident was resolved shortly after and officers have remained in the area since, as the school closed for the day. The school also acted quickly and efficiently, in dealing with the initial incident and then calling us.

“We are now working with the school and the local community to provide reassurance and will be in the area this evening, tomorrow morning and over the coming days as students head to and leave school.

“I’d also like to make it absolutely clear that we have had no reports of weapons being seen or involved in the incident and reports of only one person suffering a very minor injury.

“We will of course be reviewing CCTV footage of the incident, and particularly of the crowds gathered outside of the school and any subsequent criminality which comes to light will be investigated.

“This incident was quickly resolved and students left for the day as normal. We are grateful for the patience and cooperation of the community and the school as officers responded and dealt with what happened.

Mr Simon Hawkins, head teacher at the school said: “We are continuing to work with the police in relation to this incident, which was resolved quickly and efficiently and I’d like to reassure parents and students that school will return as normal tomorrow and that Fir Vale School is a happy, calm and safe environment.”