St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy has confirmed it has closed the school for Year 9 and Year 10 students until further notice.
The Sunlaws Street school say the decision has been made so that Year 11 students can continue to focus on their GCSEs and protect any childcare issues that parents and carers of Year 7 and Year 8 students may face.
In a statement, the school say: "We continue to work with the government to keep the school open during these difficult times, but unfortunately due to a number of staff absences today this has become increasingly difficult.
"We have therefore had to make the difficult decision to close the school for Year 9 and Year 10 students until further notice. We have made this decision so our Year 11 students can continue to focus on their GCSE’s and to protect any childcare issues parents/carers may face for Year 7 & 8.
"Please ensure that your child is at home for the duration of the school day. We will endeavour to get work uploaded to the VLE as soon as possible but please bear with us. If your child is having problems accessing the VLE, please contact Mr Kays on Mkays@sph.academy
"We will continue to update you via In Touch and our social media platforms. Thank you for your continued support and we hope that you and your families stay safe during these unprecedented times."