A fire broke out at Teddington School this morning, and pupils have been sent home.

The fire started when a paper towel dispenser in a science lab caught fire at about 9.30am, the school said.

The building's sprinkler system was set off, flooding the canteen and a first-floor science labThe decision was made to close the school for the day.

Teddington School said there were no injuries.

The school will reopen tomorrow (February 28), but some lessons will have to be moved from the classrooms which have been worst affected by flooding.

Students who have classes on the first floor science corridor are likely to be working in a different room tomorrow. The school asked students to check the signs and familiarise themselves with where to go when they arrive tomorrow.

Children will not be served hot food, but temporary cold food stalls will be set up.

A letter sent to parents from headteacher John Wilkinson said smoke and water damage caused by the “small fire” meant the school had to close.

A spokesman for London Fire Brigade said firefighters were called shortly after 9.38am, but the fire was out before they arrived.

In a statement the school said: "As a school we are very proud at the mature manner in which students dealt with the situation. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

"We look forward to getting back to normal in the coming days, and welcoming everyone back to school tomorrow morning."