A HEAD teacher has praised the quick thinking of her pupils after a boy was knocked down by a car.

The St Ambrose High School pupil was hit by a car on Glasgow Road, near to Bannerman High School, as he was making his way home.

Emergency services raced to the scene of the incident, which happened at 4.20pm on Monday - just an hour after the school day ended.

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The 12-year-old boy was taken by ambulance to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for a check-up after he sustained what were termed "minor injuries".

Now the head teacher of the Coatbridge school has said her pupils supported the boy after the incident.

Ellen Douglas said: "We’re wishing him a speedy recovery and we’d like to commend our pupils for their swift actions in supporting their fellow pupil after the accident."

Police Scotland confirmed they attended the incident alongside ambulance crews.