UPDATE: No ‘major’ chemical leak at Selsey school

Chemical incident at The Academy, Selsey. Picture by Eddie Mitchell
Chemical incident at The Academy, Selsey. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

FIREFIGHTERS were called in to a Selsey school as a ‘precaution’, after fears of a chemical spillage.

Emergency services were called to The Academy, Selsey, this afternoon (April 8), but the fire service concluded the scene was safe, after scouring the school for leaked chemicals

A spokeswoman for The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT) which runs the school, said: “As a precautionary measure during health and safety checks whilst the school was closed for the Easter break, The Fire and Rescue service was contacted for advice in relation to a secure science cupboard containing chemicals.

“The FRS decided to investigate and attended the school to ensure that there was no risk from the chemicals and to ensure no spillages had occurred. Following their thorough investigation they concluded that there were no chemical spillages or leaks and the environment was safe.

“At no time was any member of school staff at risk and no-one was taken to hospital. First aid was available at the school as a precaution.

“The FRS commended the school for doing the right thing by seeking their advice. The FRS also informed the Environment Agency that they had investigated and found no risk.

“The Academy Selsey and TKAT take Health and Safety very seriously and are pleased with the outcome and will be acting on the advice given to them.”

See www.chichester.co.uk/news/local/breaking-news-chemical-incident-at-selsey-school-1-5988264 for our initial story and a video of the incident.