A school in Downham is set to open tomorrow as normal following a brief closure due to “health and safety concerns” as the building was left without water during repairs to a blocked drain.

According to an official email sent by the school to parents and carers this morning, the Haberdashers' Knights Academy on Launcelot Road was 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.

This was due to a blocked dream, meaning that the water had to be turned off at the site, leaving the building with no running water or flushing toilets.

The building also suffered some minor flooding.

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

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

A spokesperson for the school has said: "Today's closure was the result of a blocked drain which caused some minor flooding on the school site.

“The water supply had to be turned off whilst work was carried out to resolve this issue. The health and safety of our pupils and staff is our top priority.

“As it is a requirement for schools to have water and flushing toilets available, we were unable to have pupils on site today.

“The issue has now been resolved and we have updated parents and guardians to let them know that school will be open as normal from tomorrow."

An email to parents and carers at the school this morning reads: “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.”