Bomb threats across UK schools on GCSE exam day

Thousands of pupils were evacuated in schools from Kent all the way up to Newcastle after a series of malicious phone calls promising to “take children’s heads off”

At least 13 schools across the country have been plunged into chaos during GCSE exams amid a series of bomb threats.

Thousands of pupils were evacuated in schools from Kent all the way up to Newcastle after a serious of anonymous phone calls.

Police have been forced to close primaries and secondaries while responding to the threats which have left parents panicked and confused.

It was initially thought that the calls were isolated to a small number of schools in Kent but reports have emerged of disruption across the country.

At one school, “repeated” calls warned of a bomb on site and that “the shrapnel will take children’s heads off”.

Bomb threats were made at the following schools:

Canterbury Academy, Kent

Barming Primary School, Maidstone

Voyager Academy, Peterborough

Discover Primary School, Peterborough

Wootton Upper School, Bedfordshire

Oulder Hill School, Rochdale

Redwood School, Rochdale

Emsworth Primary School, Hampshire

Kingsham Primary School, Chichester

Whiteley Primary School, Fareham

Rosebrook Primary School, Stockton

Cranmere Primary School, Surrey

Mayfield Primary School, Cambridge

All the pupils at the Canterbury Academy in Kent were pulled from class, including 240 who were sitting a GCSE English exam.

Police were called to the site and conducted a painstaking search of the buildings, but were unable to find anything.

Parents received a text reading: “We have evacuated the school with police agreement following 3 phone calls regarding an explosive device. Lessons will resume tomorrow.”