A secondary school in New Addington has been partially shut due to a 'significant' overnight break-in.

The school has been closed for years 7-10 to allow police to investigate. It remains open for year 11 students.

In a statement published this morning, school head Mr Giles said: "Unfortunately, due to a significant break into school overnight, the school will be closed for Year 7-10 and will only remain open for Year 11 students.

"Too many rooms are out of use due to the police needing access.

"Thank you for your understanding and cooperation today.

"We will update you with more information in due course."

A spokesperson for the Met police said: "Police were called at 07:25hrs on Tuesday, 12 March to reports of a burglary at a school in Fairchildes Avenue, New Addington.

"A number of items were reported stolen.

"No arrests have been made. Enquiries continue.

"Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD1323/12MAR or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."