Hall Garth Community Arts College
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The students of the school came from areas with higher than average levels of socio-economic deprivation. The number of students from minority ethnic groups, and those with learning difficulties and disabilities, were well above average.
Fatal stabbing incident
Hall Garth was the scene of a fatal stabbing, on 28 March 1994, when Stephen Wilkinson burst in to a maths class room and stabbed several children including 12-year-old Nikki Conroy who died from her injuries. In October 2003 a permanent police presence was established on site. Wilkinson was subsequently convicted of manslaughter. A school memorial garden was opened for Nikki, in March 2004.
The school established several initiatives in order to tackle bullying. The students made a video of an anti-bullying theatre performance in December 2004. Then in May 2005 the school hired an anti-bullying co-ordinator and set up a peer support group of older pupils.
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- "Family will remember schoolgirl". BBC News. 2004-03-26. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
- "Tough role at play time". Evening Gazette. 2004-12-04. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
- "The bully busters". Evening Gazette. 2005-05-12. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
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