By Terri-ann Williams For Mailonline
Published: 15:08 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 15:09 BST, 1 July 2019
Travellers pitched up on the grounds of a £12,000-a-year-private school forcing staff to send pupils home earlier today.
Teachers at the prestigious AKS Lytham School in Blackpool were forced to stand at the school gates this morning to tell students to turn around and leave.
The travellers however, claimed they had 'every right' to stay on the site, after around six caravans and a number of vehicles parked up on the fields which form part of the school's grounds.
Loose dogs were said to have been prowling the premises this morning as school officials attempt to resolve the issue.
The school (pictured above) which charges £12,000-a-year had to close this morning due to travellers on the site
AKS Lytham headteacher Mike Walton this morning said: 'Due to unauthorised presence of travellers on the school grounds we have had to close the school today.'
A receptionist added: 'We are having to tell parents that school isn't on today.
'There are dogs running around and it is felt it isn't safe for the pupils to be in.'
Parents praised the school after they uploaded their statement to its official Facebook page.
One parent said: 'Thank you for making the correct decision to close the school today. Keeping the children safe is of paramount importance.'