Part of a classroom at Emanuel School, Battersea rise was on fire this afternoon.

London Fire Brigade are currently tackling the fire at the secondary school.

Around 1,100 staff and students left the building before LFB arrived, with no injuries reported.

Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters are on the scene.

The school did not have sprinklers and the fire occurred on the same day as LFB calling for more buildings to have fire suppression. 

LFB were called at 2.45 pm and crews from Battersea, Wandsworth, Tooting and Clapham attended and it was under control by 3.32 pm. The cause is currently unknown.

London Fire Brigade spokesperson, said: “This fire is a very timely reminder of why sprinklers in schools are so important as they could have significantly reduced the damage and impact of this fire.

“Fires in schools cause major disruption to pupils’ learning and often lead to costly repair bills.

“London’s firefighters are called to more than 80 fires in schools every year and in most cases, sprinklers are not fitted – meaning millions of pounds are wasted repairing fire and water damage.

"We want the law to change to stop developers ignoring our advice and ensure that sprinklers are a core part of fire safety measures.

"The call comes as the Government consults on building regulations in Approved document B that include a crucial section on sprinklers and other fire suppression systems."