'Health and safety issue' closes Northampton secondary school for today

The secondary school site at The Duston School is closed today.
The secondary school site at The Duston School is closed today.

A Northampton secondary school is shut today due to "a number of rats on site", the principal has said.

The Duston School secondary site, in Berrywood Road, will be closed today (November 2) while a full assessment of the building is carried out.

Rats have reportedly been spotted on site and the school will need to be deep cleaned as a result.

Parents were informed of the closure this morning through a post on the school's Facebook page and through a text sent out at 6.30am today.

In a text sent to all parents this afternoon, principal Sam Strickland said: "Sadly there have been a number of rats spotted within the Secondary School building.

"A decision regarding opening [tomorrow, November 3] will be issued later this afternoon.

"I apologise that at this stage I cannot state whether we will be open tomorrow or not but I will make a decision as quickly as possible and notify all parents and students in due course.

"Ultimately the health and safety of our students has to take precedence."

The issue reportedly does not affect the primary school site.