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Ceiling collapses in school assembly hall in Chelsea

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Image caption The GEMS Hampshire School is a private school for boys and girls between the ages of 3 and 13 years

Seven children were taken to hospital after part of a ceiling collapsed at a school in south-west London.

No-one was trapped when the ceiling at GEMS Hampshire School, in Chelsea, fell in just before 09:30 GMT, London Fire Brigade said.

The children, aged between nine and 12, were taken to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital with minor injuries and have since been discharged.

Fifteen children were also were checked at the school, London Ambulance said.

Three ambulance crews and a hazardous area response team were also sent to the scene.

A spokesperson from the GEMS Hampshire School said the school was evacuated after the incident, but pupils had since returned to the building after it was deemed safe.

The whole school was in the hall when a layer of plaster fell from the ceiling, the school said.

Safety assessment

In a statement, the school said: "Seven children were taken to the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital with minor injuries and all have been discharged.

"Before children were allowed back into the school the London Fire Brigade and the district surveyor from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea independently verified that pupils were safe to return to classrooms.

"Our priority is the welfare of the pupils that have been affected and we will do everything possible to support them."

The school added a safety assessment was being conducted and all parents had been informed of the collapsed ceiling immediately.

The GEMS Hampshire School is a private day school for boys and girls between the ages of three and 13 years.

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