POLICE have launched an investigation after a sixth form college was targeted in a cyber attack.

Carmel College, on Prescot Road, fell victim to the attack in late April.

The college said it was able to "minimise" the impact on students and that day-to-day teaching was able to continue with "limited disruption".

Police are investigating the cyber-attack.

Carmel College principal, Mike Hill, said: “Late last month we experienced a cyber-attack on our systems.

"We were alerted to the incident quickly and took swift action to contain the matter so that we minimised the impact on our students.

"Thanks to the proactive steps taken, day to day teaching continued with limited disruption and we are working with a dedicated team of forensic specialists to investigate what happened."

St Helens Star: Carmel College principal Mike HillCarmel College principal Mike Hill

Mr Hill added: "We are also liaising with the Department for Education, Exam Boards, Merseyside Police and the Information Commissioner’s Office, as well as keeping our staff, students and parents updated.

"We’re focused on preparing students for their summer exams and assessments, and I am glad to report these are going very well.

"As with many of the challenges we have faced over the last couple of years, students and staff at Carmel have just adapted and maintained focused on outstanding learning and teaching.”

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A Merseyside Police spokeswoman said: "We can confirm we are investigating a cyber-attack on Carmel College, St Helens and working with the college and other agencies to establish what data has been compromised.

"We have provided advice to the college and they have informed parents and carers of all students.

"Merseyside Police Cyber Dependant Crime Unit are investigating the incident and have referred the matter to Action Fraud."