RINGWOOD School has reopened to pupils this morning after an illegal encampment of travellers led to its emergency closure yesterday.

Caravans and other vehicles were blocking access to the school and were parked on land at Ringwood Health and Leisure Centre.

School leaders took the decision to close the school due to concerns over the safety of pupils.

Students were encouraged to work remotely and teachers have reassured parents that children will not miss any work as a result of the closure.

Police moved the travellers on yesterday afternoon.

Ringwood School closed to all pupils as travellers block access

A school spokesman said: "We understand the impact of the closure on our community and appreciate your understanding. To reassure you, all emergency school provision students will have been able to access their learning remotely and the Year 10 students due in have either been taught (or will be taught) via a live lesson remotely or have had additional time for the missed subject added to their timetable in the coming days.

"We are grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding throughout the day today."

A spokesman for New Forest District Council added: "The site is now clear after the police issued a Section 61 Notice. NFDC would like to thank their partners, Hampshire Constabulary and Ringwood School, for all their assistance."