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School in Hampshire closed after Norovirus outbreak

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A school in Hampshire is forced to close until next week after an outbreak of norovirus.

The stomach bug has caused widespread sickness among staff and pupils at Thornden School in Chandler's Ford.

The school has said a deep clean will take place and expects to reopen on Tuesday.

Statement on school's website Credit: Thornden School

Exams, due to take place in the coming days, have had to be rearranged.

On the school's website, it states they are working the Public Health England, attaching advice on the Norovirus.

We are due to have a number of activities, events, exams during the next few days. These will all be rearranged. No after school activities will take place and we will close except for cleaning staff, returning on Tuesday, after the Bank Holiday weekend. Teaching staff will be asked to contact Year 11 students to support revision and where possible make work available for the students.

While closing the school is not undertaken lightly, the seriousness of severe sickness and diarrhoea on a large scale must be avoided."

– Su Whelan, Headteacher