PUPILS were turned away from Stourport High School after the body of a security guard was found in a changing room by a member of staff.

The find was made at 7.40am on Tuesday.

The death of the man, believed to be in his 50s and from Worcester, was being treated as unexplained but not suspicious by police.

Pupils were given a letter explaining what had happened.

Headteacher, Liz Quinn, said: "We have had an unexplained death on the premises concerning our security guard.

"The police are assuring us it is unexplained rather than suspicious but they have to go through procedures to check what has happened and, as a consequence, it was not viable to have students on the premises."

The security guard, contracted from a Worcester-based company, had not worked at the school for long.

Pupils returned to school on Wednesday.

She said: "They are absolutely fine. They have dealt with it sensibly and with dignity.

"We have talked to them briefly about it and made sure everyone is OK and they all seem fine," added Miss Quinn.

Acting Det Insp Gary Watson, of North Worcestershire police, said: "The death is being treated as unexplained.

"The school (took) the decision to close for the day to enable the police to carry out a full investigation," Det Insp Watson added.

A post mortem was due to be carried out today.