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Stoke High School in Ipswich hopes to reopen tomorrow after ‘direct threat’ made against it

An Ipswich high school which shut and was evacuated this morning after a ‘direct threat’ was made against it expects to reopen tomorrow

Suffolk Police said it was called to Stoke High School Ormiston Academy at 7.20am following reports of malicious communication being sent to it.

A spokesperson for Ormiston Academy Trust said the threat was received via its website.

Stoke High School hopes to reopen tomorrow. Picture: Google
Stoke High School hopes to reopen tomorrow. Picture: Google

Staff then immediately evacuated and the school was closed.

Karen Baldwin, Stoke High School’s principal, alerted parents to the closure in a letter and described the incident as a ‘direct threat’.

However, the school hoped to reopen as normal tomorrow.

The trust spokesperson added: “Having thoroughly investigated, the police have said there is nothing to indicate at this time that this is a credible threat, and have asked the public not to be alarmed.

“To enable the authorities to assess and confirm the safety and security of the school site, we took the precautionary decision to close the school to students for the day.

“We expect to be open as normal tomorrow, with support available for students on their return, but we will keep parents and carers updated on developments.”