A BRADFORD secondary school has issued a statement after it was forced to close to pupils today.

An emergency closure alert was sent out this morning informing parents that Immanuel College on Leeds Road, Idle, would be shut due to “unforeseen circumstances”.

West Yorkshire Police then confirmed officers had been called to the school at 4am to reports of a burglary.

Two 15-year-old males were arrested at the scene on suspicion of burglary and remain in police custody at this time.

In a statement issued to the Telegraph & Argus this afternoon, a spokesperson for Immanuel College said: “We take the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff with the upmost seriousness.

“Following a suspected burglary at the College last night, we have closed the College for face-to-face teaching today to allow the police to carry out their investigation and to ensure that the building is safe and secure.

 “We are working with the authorities to fully support and facilitate their investigations and families can rest assured that students are still able to sit their external exams safely today as normal and the usual pre-exam preparation has been put in place for them.

“The education for all our other students is being provided remotely today and will return to in-person from tomorrow.

“We would like to thank our parents, carers, students, staff and wider community for their support and co-operation at this time and we look forward to seeing our students back in the College when it reopens on Wednesday 25th May.”

Enquiries are ongoing, police said.

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