An Ipswich high school is shut today due to a reported "direct threat" made to the school. 

Stoke High School Ormiston Academy, in Maidenhall Approach, confirmed on Thursday morning it would be closed to all students. 

An email sent to parents of pupils at the school, seen by this newspaper, said it is shut due to a "direct threat". 

It read: "This morning we have received a direct threat to the school. 

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"We treat every situation with the utmost caution, and are following the necessary procedures in line with our safety protocols, as the health and safety of our students and staff remains our leading priority. 

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"We are working closely with the police and relevant authorities to support their investigation and ensure that all safety procedures are followed. 

"As a result of this, we have made the decision to close the school today in order to keep everyone safe." 

The high school is part of Ormiston Academies Trust.

Suffolk police were informed of the incident at 7.20am on Thursday. 

A spokesman said: "Police have received a report of malicious communication against the school and are investigating."

“A message was received via the academy website this morning," said a spokesman for the school.

"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.

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