28/02/2012 12:43 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Pupil Who Fell From School Stairwell Suffered Serious Head And Chest Injuries

Frenchay Hospital, Bristol PA

A Bristol school says that a 12-year-old pupil who was seriously injured after falling from a stairwell is now 'stable' in hospital.

The boy was taken to Frenchay Hospital on Friday with serious chest and head injuries after the lunchtime incident at Fairfield High School in Horfield.

The school posted a statement on its website saying it had been a "shocking and distressing incident for us all".

Yesterday, the school said:

"The student concerned is still stable having been moved back to Frenchay Hospital. He is talking to his family and asking after school and his friends. At the moment it is family visiting only but if you wish to send a card or a message please do so via student reception. The family would like to thank everyone for the support and help the student and they have received. They would like to thank his tutor group for the lovely card. Our thoughts are of course still with them and we would also like to thank the number of parents of other students whom have emailed in with their best wishes to the family."

The police, school and council are carrying out an inquiry into the events surrounding the boy's fall. The Great Western Ambulance service said the child was sedated at the scene before being transferred to hospital.

The school sent the rest of its students home following the incident, but re-opened on Saturday to offer counselling and support.

A spokesperson for Bristol City Council told the BBC:

"A full investigation is underway and the school is working closely with the council and the police to establish what happened and avoid further incidents. Support has been offered to staff and students over the weekend and will continue to be available."