PUPILS at a Southampton primary school will return to class today after staff were struck down with a sickness bug.

Nursery, Year R and Year 1 children at Banister Primary were all told to stay home yesterday due to the number of staff off school with the bug.

Parents of the affected classes were informed on Tuesday night that their children should stay at home. A number of children have also reported not feeling well.

A spokesman for Banister Primary on Archers Road said the school would re-open to pupils today, except for the nursery which would remain closed.

The temporary closure comes after the Daily Echo reported on the King Edward VI school having to be closed early for the end of term owing to pupils coming down with a sickness bug.

Governors at the independent school in Southampton made the decision to close the school three days before the end of their term last Friday owing to the infectious nature of the bug.