Last reviewed 27 April 2021

A family member, who attended the Leys & St Faith’s Foundation School in Cambridge to watch an evening performance in February 2017, fell and was fatally injured.

While walking towards the hall, the woman tripped over a small retaining wall and fell to the ground sustaining a serious head injury. She died six days later in hospital.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the school had failed to ensure the area was adequately lit. A pedestrian site safety assessment failed to identify the risk of tripping over the wall and did not take into consideration the lighting conditions or potential effect of poor lighting on pedestrian safety at night.

In a recent hearing at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court, the Leys and St Faith’s Foundation School pleaded guilty to breaching s.3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974.

Magistrates imposed a fine of £52,800 and ordered the school to pay costs of £10,040.

HSE inspector Graham Tompkins said that the tragic incident was easily preventable, and the risk should have been identified.

“The school should have taken measures to improve lighting and install a handrail on top of the wall to increase the overall height,” he concluded.