A Middlesbrough secondary school has been forced to close after a heating problem left classrooms freezing.

Outwood Academy in Ormesby issued an ‘urgent’ notice that the school was closed on Monday (December 4) morning just 40 minutes before teaching was due to start.

The school said a heating failure meant it was unable to open for students in Years 7 to 10.

Contractors are on site and leaders say they’re hopeful the school will reopen tomorrow.

Students in Year 11 are still on campus in a part of the school being kept warm with electrical heaters.

Posting on Facebook at 7.45am, the school said: “Due to a heating failure, we are unable to open the school for Year 7-10. We are very sorry.

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“We have been able to keep one area warm for Year 11 using electrical heaters.

“Contractors are on site and we are hopeful we can reopen fully tomorrow.

“Work is available on Google Classroom for Year 7 - 10.”