A boy is said to have been taken to hospital with serious injuries after an alleged assault by another pupil at school.

The Observer understands emergency services were called to The Reach Free School in Mill End, Rickmansworth, on Friday afternoon (May 6).

Police said on Saturday that a 15-year-old boy was taken to hospital with serious injuries, but that his condition was not deemed life-threatening.

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The Watford Observer has been told teachers were alerted to a "commotion" on a football pitch and found an injured pupil among a crowd of people.

A number of emergency vehicles, including ambulances and police cars, were spotted at the school.

The East of England Ambulance Service said it was called to reports of an assault at 2.26pm and sent an ambulance and a rapid response vehicle.

The victim was said to be seen wearing a neck brace and put onto a board by paramedics as he lay on the ground.

The Observer understands the boy sustained a head injury, but this has not been verified by emergency services. However, police have described the injuries as "serious".

And while police say the boy was taken to hospital, the ambulance service said this was not the case. The Observer has asked for verification.

Watford Observer: Reach Free School in Uxbridge Road, Mill End. Credit: Google MapsReach Free School in Uxbridge Road, Mill End. Credit: Google Maps

Police said officers were called to the school by the ambulance service at 2.33pm. 

A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Constabulary issued the following statement on Saturday: "Police are investigating after a 15-year-old boy was allegedly assaulted during a football match at a school in Rickmansworth on Friday 6 May.

"The boy was taken to hospital with serious injuries and remains there at this time. The injuries are not thought to be life-threatening and enquiries are ongoing."

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The Reach Free School, which opened in Long Lane, off Uxbridge Road on the outskirts of Rickmansworth, in September 2013, caters to secondary school children, as well as having a sixth form.

At its last Ofsted inspection, in February 2019, the school was rated as 'good' by inspectors.

A spokesperson for The Reach Free School said: “During lunchtime on Friday 6 May 2022, a pupil required medical treatment following a lunchtime football game. School staff were on duty and immediately issued first aid to the pupil. We send them our very best wishes for a speedy recovery.”

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