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School closes after vomiting bug

Oriel Specialist Mathematics and Computing College in Gorleston
The college has sent its 600 students home

A high school in Norfolk has been closed and all 600 students have been sent home after a serious outbreak of the winter vomiting virus.

Oriel Specialist Mathematics and Computing College in Gorleston closed after consultations with the Health Protection Agency.

It follows high levels of staff and student sickness blamed on Norovirus.

The headteacher Paul Butler said the school will reopen on 8 December after an intensive clean.

"Over the last six weeks we have had high levels of student and staff sickness, thought to be as a result of the winter vomiting virus," said Mr Butler.

"Unfortunately, the school is still feeling the effects of the bug and we have now been advised to close for two days so that an intensive clean of the school can take place."

Parent Wendy Moyse, who has two sons at the school, said that closing the school "will be better than them all getting infected".

"I'd rather have them at home being well than at home being ill," she added.

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