Eleven students and one teacher are in a stable condition after a science experiment caused a chemical explosion at a school on Sydney’s northern beaches.

New South Wales Ambulance have confirmed two students have suffered serious burns while nine students and one adult – believed to be a teacher – suffered superficial burns as a result of the explosion at Manly West public school on Monday afternoon.

One of the students with serious burns was airlifted to Westmead children’s hospital , while the other student was taken to that hospital by ambulance.

The nine other students were taken to the Royal North Shore and Northern Beaches hospitals. The adult was not admitted to hospital.

The children are believed to be about 10 years old.

Local MP Zali Steggall said on Twitter: “Shocked to hear reports of an incident at Manly West Public School today.

“My thoughts are with the students and staff who have been impacted, and I wish them a speedy recovery.”

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