Taverham High School pupil dies after gym accident

Taverham High School
Image caption Taverham High School's head teacher Ron Munson said the 12-year-old was "always smiling"

A 12-year-old girl from Norfolk has died a week after being seriously hurt during a gym lesson.

The Taverham High School pupil is believed to have been injured when she landed head first from a pommel horse on to a safety mat on 12 March.

Described by head teacher Ron Munson as "sunny" and "bright", she was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and died on Tuesday.

Inquiries are under way by both the Health and Safety Executive and police.

Police officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the year eight pupil who has not been named.

Mr Munson broke the news to staff and students on Wednesday morning.

He said: "Everybody is deeply saddened and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this terribly difficult time.

"[She] played a full part in our school community and could often be seen around the school getting involved in whatever was going on, and always smiling.

"She was a big part of our school and we are all deeply affected by her loss."

Norfolk County Council's critical incident team is at the school to help staff and students, who are also being supported by the school's pastoral workers.

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