Ninth school closes due to false widow spiders as three announce reopening

False widow spider infestations have closed several schools in Newham. Pic: The Natural History Muse

False widow spider infestations have closed several schools in Newham. Pic: The Natural History Museum - Credit: The Natural History Museum / Tru

A ninth Newham school has closed due to a false widow spider outbreak.

Newham Council confirmed that Godwin Junior School, in Forest Gate, has been shut due to the arachnids.

A tweet on the school’s official account, which has since been deleted, stated that it would be closed today (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday).

Another school, Avenue Primary in Manor Park, has been assessed but declared spider free.

It comes as some of the first schools to be affected by the spiders make arrangements to reopen.


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Pupils will return to Rokeby School and Star Primary School, both in Canning Town, and Ellen Wilkinson Primary School, in Beckton, on Monday.

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