A Waikato school has been abruptly closed for the day today after receiving what is understood to be a bomb threat.

A parent of a student who attends Horsham Downs Primary School, in North Hamilton, says she received a call from the school this morning to tell her to pick her child up as the school "had received some kind of physical threat" and was closing for the day.

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Horsham Downs School
about 9 months ago

URGENT NOTICE: Due to a threat having been made against Horsham Downs School the school is closed today 8th July 2016. Please text all of your other HDS friends to inform them.
Mark Junge - Chairman

When contacted, both the school's principal and deputy principal were in a meeting and staff wouldn't confirm if the school was open or closed for the day.

The parent says she also received a text from the school's board of trustees chair confirming the school had received a threat, that it would be closed for the day and to "spread the word urgently".

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She was told by staff - stationed out the front of school - that a former student has sent an email threatening the school.

Staff are standing outside telling their parents to take their children home.

Police have also been sent to the school, board chairman Mark Junge said.

He said a threat had been made to the school, via email or voice mail, at some stage overnight.

"The responsible thing is to close the school until police have been through their process and then there will be more information."

Mr Junge says police have been and gone from the school and are currently following up leads.

School principal Phil Missen says they believe the threat might be fake but they are treating it seriously until police have finished their investigation.

While they wouldn't confirm what the threat was, for fear of copycats, Mr Missen says it was a threat with a "timeframe around it".