Concerns for health and safety have prompted the sudden closure of a school in Downham.

In an email seen by the News Shopper from the school to parents and carers, the Haberdashers' Knights Academy at Launcelot Road is unable to have pupils in the building today.

The email explained that the decision was for the safety and well-being of students, staff, and the community.

Although it was acknowledged that the abrupt closure might be inconvenient, the school said that it was necessary to adhering to guidelines from health authorities.

An update on the situation is expected to be released to parents at 3pm.

Meanwhile, pupils have been encouraged to utilise online platforms such as Educake, Seneca, Sparks, and Mathswatch to continue their education from home.

A statement on the school’s website reads: “School is closed today, Wednesday 28th February 2024 and we are unable to have pupils on site.

“Parents and carers please check your email for a message from Dr Bennett.

“An update will be sent at 3:00pm”

Pupils can access work via the online platforms, Educake, Seneca, Sparks and Mathswatch.

We have approached Haberdashers’ Knights Academy for further information.

An email to parents and carers at the school says: “Dear Parents/Carers. We regret to inform you that due to unforeseen circumstances the school will be closed today - Wednesday 28th February.

“The decision to close the school has been made with the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and community as our utmost priority.

“While we understand that this may cause inconvenience, please know that we are taking this step in accordance with guidelines and recommendations from health authorities.

“Our primary concern is to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.

“An update will be sent to parents at 3:00pm this afternoon by email and on the school website.

“Pupils can access work via the online platforms, Educake, Seneca, Sparks and Mathswatch.”