A "direct threat" which was made to an Ipswich school is believed to be a hoax. 

Stoke High School Ormiston Academy announced on Thursday morning they would be closed to pupils for the day. 

It followed a "direct threat" that was made to the school.

Police remain at the scene, in Maidenhall Approach, but a statement from Suffolk Constabulary said it is believed to be a hoax. 

A spokesman for the force said: "Police were called at 7:20am following reports of malicious communications being sent to a Stoke High School Ormiston Academy in Ipswich.

"Officers are currently investigating to establish the full circumstances.

"At this time it is believed these communications amount to a hoax."

Acting inspector Colin Clack said: “Officers are at the scene, however we ask the public not to be alarmed.

"We are there to ensure public safety and provide reassurance to the school and local community.”

An email sent to parents, which has been seen by this newspaper, said: "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.

"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, which has more than 900 pupils, is part of Ormiston Academies Trust.

A spokesman for the trust said: “A message was received via the academy website this morning. In line with our robust safety protocols, staff on site immediately evacuated and the police were contacted.

"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.”