Hundreds of pupils in Glasgow will be affected by school closures during the COP26 climate conference.

The city council said three primary schools, one secondary and three nurseries had been granted an exceptional closure by the Scottish Government on November 1 and 2 and potentially additional days. They are all located near the SEC, which is hosting the two-week summit.

The Glasgow Gaelic School campus on Berkeley Street will be closed along with Anderston Primary, St Patrick's Primary and Sandyford and Cranstonhill nurseries.

A council spokeswoman said the decision was taken to avoid children and young people facing long journeys to school as a result of road closures and restrictions. 

READ MORE: Strikes, road closures and protests planned during Glasgow's COP26 summit 

World leaders from around the globe will descend on the city from October 31 for the climate summit, and with it comes "unique challenges" to the city's travel network which will affect commuters and local residents throughout the two-weeks.

Glasgow's Clydeside Expressway (A814) and M8 J19 will close this Saturday, with diversions of up five miles and three miles completley shut for three weeks.

The dual carriageway which stretches from Anderston to Partick usually has thousands of vehicles use it everyday.

READ MORE: COP26 road closures in full with major disruption to start this week 

The council said letters were sent to families before the October holidays and each school was preparing work for home learning with online sessions "where appropriate".

A spokeswoman said: “The schools and nurseries which have been granted an exceptional closure by the Scottish Government have sent communications to their families to give them plenty of notice of the alternative learning for the two days due to road closures and restrictions that will impact travel around their school or nursery.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause to our families but we feel that our children and young people’s learning will be better spent at home on these days instead of potentially being stuck on a long journey to and from school.”