School closed after 60 pupils and 5 staff stricken by mystery illness
3rd December 2018

A school is being deep cleaned after a fifth of pupils came down with a sickness bug.

Sixty pupils and five staff members at Marchwood Junior School near Southampton were stricken with the as yet unidentified illness.

This morning, school chiefs have made the decision to shut the Southampton school while it is cleaned.

A notice on the school’s website says: "There is a sickness bug currently in school which seems to have escalated today.

"Please note the school will be shut on Monday 3rd December in order to deep clean the school.

"Please ensure that your child does not return to school until 48 hours after the last episode of sickness."

Charlene Heath warned parents on Facebook on Friday, saying: “Parents of school age children.

“Please be aware that marchwood junior school has just contacted all parents to collect their children from school now due to an escalating sickness bug and that the school will be shut on Monday due to the need for a deep clean.

"Keep an eye on your babies.”

Marchwood has 330 pupils and lies on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire.

Head teacher Laurie Anderson says on the school website: “We are a friendly and hardworking school family on the edge of the New Forest.

“We focus on developing the whole child alongside robust learning so children leave us equipped with essential skills to continue to be successful in life.

“It is important to us that children are happy coming to school and enjoy their purposeful learning.

“We treat children as individuals and provide them with inspirational opportunities to develop socially and emotionally into responsible citizens of the future so they can go on and achieve their dreams.”

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