Wiltshire

Inquiry after sickness shuts Swindon secondary school

An investigation has begun after a staff sickness outbreak caused the closure of a Wiltshire school.

Churchfields School, in Swindon, was shut at lunchtime on Monday after 30 members of staff fell ill following a staff party on Friday.

A spokesman said the secondary school would remain closed to pupils, except for year 11 students, on Tuesday due to the staff illness.

The Health and Safety Executive has started an inquiry.

Steve Flavin, the school's head teacher, said: "We had an event on Friday evening to celebrate our successful examination results at a hotel in Swindon and that's not being ruled out.

"But that's not through over indulgence, it may be in relation to the food because it was a sit-down meal."

The results of the investigation into the cause are expected in a fortnight.

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