All schools in South Gloucestershire will close until 'further notice' following a national announcement by the government on Wednesday evening

The closure means that students will be off school as the country continues to suffer from the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision was announced in parliament.

It has left students in key years of their education with a lot of unanswered questions relating to exams and other courses and deadlines.

Locally, a number of primary schools had already officially closed because of the virus including St Mary’s in Yate and Elm Park in Frampton Cotterell.

Kim Garland Head Teacher at Brimsham Green Secondary School said: “It has been a challenging time for school staff and our children’s families over the last few days.

"Now knowing that schools have been instructed to close to all students bar the most vulnerable and those whose parents work for the emergency services, at least enables us to implement our plan for remote learning. My Year 13 and Year 11 students are very much in my thoughts in particular ."

A spokesman for the Chipping Sodbury School said: “The school has followed all government guidelines over recent weeks and appreciates that it has been a really challenging time for students, staff and parents. There has been a lot of uncertainty but now we will work hard to continue the children’s education remotely. We will work to support all of our students and families throughout this time.”

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: "When schools close their gates on Friday they will do so until further notice."