Snaith School partially closed after travellers park on field

Travellers' vans on a school field
Image caption Travellers pitched up on Snaith School's field on Saturday evening causing major disruption for Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils

A school near Goole has partially shut after a group of 10 traveller caravans settled on its sports field.

Snaith School, an academy, is closed to its Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils after the group began arriving on Saturday.

In a letter to parents, head teacher Jean Pickerill said the school, on Pontefract Road, had "spoken with the [travellers'] family lead and... they are awaiting some vehicular repairs".

The health and safety of pupils was "of paramount importance", the school said.

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The letter was published on the school's website on Sunday.

Image caption Snaith School posted a letter on its website on Sunday

In it, Mrs Pickerill wrote: "We have carried out a school risk assessment on site and have spoken with the family lead and they have assured us that they will be leaving school premises on Tuesday..."

Year 10 and 11 students have been advised to "attend school as normal".

She said: "I know that these arrangements will cause a significant inconvenience for parents/carers and for this I can only apologise, but the safeguarding of the pupils on site is of paramount importance."

In a statement, the school said: "We were informed that members of the traveller community were on the school field on Saturday evening.

"We have been working tirelessly since then with the local council, the local authority and the police to ensure that the school could partially open safely today.

"Year 10 and 11 are in the middle of important GCSE examinations and we would not wish to disrupt their preparation.

"The health and safety of the young people in our care is always of paramount importance to us."

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