A secondary school has been forced to shut as its water supply has been cut off.

Willingdon Community School, in Willingdon, is “having to close for health and safety reasons”, caused by low water pressure in the area.

The “emergency closure” means the school is sending its students home.

A spokesman for East Sussex County Council said: “Due to low water pressure in the Lower Willingdon area, the school is having to close for health and safety reasons.

“This is an emergency closure. We are being told that services will resume in the afternoon, and therefore the school will be open again on Monday.

“Sorry for the inconvenience caused, which has been out of our control.”

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The school confirmed it has asked anyone who has not yet given permission for their child to leave the premises to get in contact.

“Due to no running water we have had to close the school,” said a spokeswoman.

“Thank you to all parents/carers who have given permission to send their child home. If your child is still awaiting permission, please contact them or the school as soon as possible.”