A BRADFORD school is now closed for the next two days after a "serious outbreak of norovirus" affecting both staff and students.

Parkside School in Cullingworth issued a statement this afternoon after reporting more than 15 per cent of its school population is  currently affected.

The school will be closed from today and re-open on Thursday, November 28 after a deep-clean.

The advice for anyone affected with the illness is to keep them isolated, avoid A&E or GPs as this may spread the virus, drink regularly and take age-appropriate paracetomol.

People are encouraged to wash their hands regularly.

Andy Taylor, headteacher at Parkside School, said: "Unfortunately, we have had a serious outbreak of norovirus in school, affecting over 15% of our population, both staff and students.

"Having consulted with Public Health England on the environmental health issue and for the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and their wider families as our paramount concern, we have had to take the decision to close the school for two days. This is in order for the school to undergo a deep clean and rid ourselves fully/break the cycle of the virus.

"School will therefore close from 14.50 hours today and will re-open on Thursday, November 28.

"We apologise for the inconvenience but re-iterate that the health and well being of everyone is a paramount concern for us."