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'Bee' quiet plea for exam pupils

Swarm of bees in the school grounds
Some of the thousands of bees that gathered in the school grounds

Thousands of bees invaded a Tyneside school where pupils were sitting their GCSE examinations.

More than 2,000 honeybees swarmed on a lamppost at Emmanuel College in Gateshead, forcing the school to cordon off the quad and call a beekeeper.

Pupils leaving the exam hall on Wednesday morning had to be hurried away from the affected area and all classroom windows were shut.

It is thought the swarm were protecting the queen bee by circling her.

Facilities Manager, John Smith, said: "We think the bees had come from another location and when they arrived in the morning they were quite agitated.

"By late afternoon there were only a couple of hundred left and we think they are sweeping up pollen that was left there during the day."

Mr Smith added: "It was a lovely sight, they were quite docile by the end."

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