A primary school in Swindon has announced the sudden death of one of its teachers.

East Wichel Primary School announced on Monday, March 11 that the school would be closed to all children and staff due to 'sad unforeseen circumstances'.

A spokesperson for the school has now confirmed that Mrs Jo Porter, who taught Year 1 pupils, has died.

In a letter sent out to parents and carers on Tuesday, East Wichel Primary School headteacher, Paula Phillips, said: "I am writing to you with the very sad news that one of our Year 1 teachers,  
Mrs Jo Porter, died over the weekend.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with her family and friends at this extremely difficult time."

Children at East Wichel Primary School were informed of the news by their teachers in classes on Tuesday morning, and were told Jo died at her home on Sunday, March 10.

The school has announced children and staff will be doing activities together to remember Jo and help support members of the school community through their grieving.

"Support has been available to all children throughout the day, members of our team are being guided by advice given from the Educational Psychologists," said headteacher Paula Phillips.

"Over the coming weeks and months, we will be concentrating on supporting children and staff affected by this death. 

"This not only includes children in her class and staff with whom she had close relationships with but also those for whom this news triggers feelings of sadness and loss due to events in their own lives. 

"We plan to provide this support whilst also returning the school to normal routines as soon as possible.

"Information about the funeral service will be made available as soon as we have it."

The Stowe Church in Swindon is currently acting as a space for people of all faiths who feel affected by this news to drop in for a hot drink and a chat or pay their respects by lighting a candle, writing in the book of remembrance or praying.

"We are grateful to have such a strong community around the school. We thank you for your support and patience as we navigate this difficult time," added the headteacher.