These 15 North Staffordshire schools have been hit by coronavirus this week – and here’s the list



Schools are finding it ‘near impossible’ to remain fully open as the coronavirus pandemic continues to batter children’s education.

Grove Academy principal Shirley Carrigan made the comment in a letter to parents as her Northwood school continues to shut to pupils on Friday afternoons.

The letter states: “It is clear from recent meetings that many schools are finding it near impossible to remain fully open due to the challenges presented by this pandemic.”

It comes as around 5,000 Stoke-on-Trent children are currently in self-isolation after being sent home from school.

That follows positive coronavirus tests involving 80 pupils and 80 members of staff across the city since the start of this half-term.

And that has already led to some schools completely closing in the first three weeks of November.

StokeonTrentLive has featured a number of schools hit by coronavirus cases in the past three weeks.

But there are a number of other schools which have not confirmed their cases despite StokeonTrentLive being contacted by affected parents.

Here’s a list of the North Staffordshire schools currently affected by coronavirus:

  • Some children have been told to stay away from Watermill School, in Chell until November 23. For the full story click here:

  • Two pupils have tested positive for coronavirus at Gladstone Primary Academy, in Sandford Hill. For the full story click here:

  • Haywood Academy, in Burslem, was shut completely on Thursday and Friday. For the full story click here:

  • Some pupils at Woodhouse Academy, in Biddulph, are self-isolating for the second time in three weeks. For the full story click here:

  • Biddulph High School is due to reopen its sixth form tomorrow as year 10 children continue to self-isolate. For the full story click here: and here:

  • Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, in Blurton, has been hit with another case. For the full story click here:

  • There has been another case at JCB Academy, in Rocester. For the full story click here:

  • Year 10 at The Discovery Academy, in Bentilee, are due to return to lessons tomorrow. For the full story click here:

  • Three classes at St Wilfrid’s Catholic Academy, in Tunstall, are off until Wednesday. For the full story click here:

  • Staff have been hit by coronavirus at New Ford Academy, in Smallthorne. For the full story click here:

  • Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College is shut until November 30. For the full story click here:

  • Reception pupils at Kingsland CE Academy, in Bucknall, cannot return to school until November 26. For the full story click here:

  • Pupils in reception and year two at Maple Court Academy, in Bentilee, are off until November 30. For the full story click here:

  • One class at The Crescent Academy, in Meir, remains off until Thursday. For the full story click here:

  • A member of staff has been struck down with coronavirus at St Maria Goretti Catholic Academy, in Bucknall. For the full story click here:





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