WATER is pouring through the ceiling of a school.

Hartford Manor Primary School has been forced to shut to pupils today (May 23).

It comes following heavy rainfall overnight which "overwhelmed" the building's drainage system, causing "significant" flooding throughout the school.

Acting head teacher Jan Diamond says they are working hard to reopen as soon as possible.

She said: "The volume of rain overnight has overwhelmed the drainage system on the flat roof and water has come in through the ceiling in a few areas of the school including the early years area, the main hall, office area and the server room.

"We are in the process of getting the areas cleaned and dried and the electricians are on site completing the necessary safety checks to ensure we can  reopen as soon as possible.

"We will keep parents informed of the progress."

On Wednesday (May 22), the Met Office issued an amber weather warning for large parts of the country, including the north west.

The national weather service warned of "persistent and heavy rain", with flooding and disruption likely.

While the worst seems to have passed, the Met Office is forecasting the odd spot of rain throughout the rest of the day and into Friday morning.