Duncan Clark, Director of Learning and Children’s Services said:
“I am sure parents and carers whose children attend Tolworth Infants and Nursery School will be assured by the Inquest’s findings that the adventure playground provided a safe and secure environment for the children.
"The Inquest heard that the children were properly supervised and that school staff reacted appropriately in the immediate aftermath of the incident.
“Samuel is still very much in the thoughts of everyone connected to the school.”
A five year-old schoolboy who injured himself on a playground climbing frame died an accidental death, an inquest jury has decided. Samuel Orola died after falling at his school in Surbiton in September last year. Piers Hopkirk reports.
5 year-old's climbing frame death was "accidental"
A five year-old schoolboy who died on a playground climbing frame died an accidental death, an inquest jury has decided. Samuel Orola, a pupil at Tolworth Infants and Nursery School in Surbiton, was killed on September 15th last year.
The inquest at West London Coroner's Court heard that Samuel had been playing on the climbing frame in the school's adventure playground. One of his friends, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said Samuel had tried to do 'a roly-poly' on the climbing frame but appeared to bang his mouth.
Samuel collapsed and paramedics attempted to resucitate Samuel for 40 minutes. He was taken to Kingston Hospital but was pronounced dead at around 2pm. A pathologist suggested Samuel may have damaged a nerve in his neck while on the climbing frame, which triggered a cardiac arrest.