A woman has been found dead in the playground of a primary school in New Plymouth this morning.

A police spokeswoman said police were called to St Joseph's School on Calvert Rd at 9.50am today.

On arrival police found a woman deceased in the playground, she said.

Police were not looking for anyone in relation to the death and the woman's body has been removed from the school.

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St Joseph's is a state integrated primary school with children aged from new entrants to year 6.