Staffordshire Moorlands school closes after coronavirus cases


A primary school has shut to all pupils in the wake of several coronavirus cases.

Children from The Faber Catholic Primary, in Cotton, are now being given ‘live’ online lessons and other work to do at home.

Youngsters from class four will return to school on Wednesday next week. While other classes are due back two days later.

The rural Moorlands school, which has 85 pupils altogether, took the decision after a number of Covid-19 cases were confirmed late last week.

Faber is part of The Painsley Catholic Academy, a multi-academy company covering 15 Catholic schools in Staffordshire.

Chief executive Steve Bell said: “The school has shut on the advice of the local outbreak team due to a small number of positive cases. We have got to put health and safety first.

“It is a small, rural school and we felt it was prudent to close the school for the isolation period.

“The children are continuing to receive remote teaching on a live basis.”

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Mr Bell would not confirm how many people at The Faber have contracted the virus and whether they are pupils or members of staff.

But he added: “We decided to have a deep clean of the school. We’ve got a robust risk assessment.”

It comes as Painsley Catholic College, in Cheadle, has also told a group of Year 11 students to self-isolate.

It is understood that a Year 11 pupil tested positive and now 26 pupils in the year group will be staying at home as a precaution.

The secondary school is part of the same multi-academy company as The Faber.





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