A whole GCSE year group has been told to self-isolate for two weeks after a classmate tested positive for coronavirus.
It means the entire Year 10 bubble has been asked to stay at home ‘as a precaution’ until November 20.
They will instead be taught online.
The exact number of students affected has not been revealed.
Outside areas where Year 10 students have been have also undergone a deep clean.
In a letter to parents, principal Nick Brennan: “I wanted to let you know that on Friday a Year 10 student received a positive test of COVID-19.
“Through our in-school track and trace system, we have been able to identify the close contacts of this student.
“However, during the latter part of the week, we have seen a number of those close contacts develop possible symptoms of COVID-19.
“As a precaution, and to prevent any spread of the virus within the academy, we have made the decision to close down our Year 10 bubble.
“From Monday, November 9, all Year 10 students have been requested to stay at home and self-isolate, returning to the academy on Friday, November 20.
“The academy has informed all parents of Year 10 students and access to remote learning will be available to these students throughout their isolation period to ensure that their education continues during this time.
“We will also be providing home-delivered lunch packages to all students who are eligible for free school meals.
“Our academy remains open to all other year groups, and you should continue to send your child as usual if they are well.
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“Siblings of Year 10 students who attend different schools or different year groups, can continue to attend school and do not need to isolate unless they, or another member of the household develops symptoms.
“The safety of all our students is paramount in everything we do.
“I can reassure you we are following the guidance from Public Health England to ensure that we are taking all the necessary precautions, including social distancing, face-coverings in communal spaces and increased hygiene and cleaning protocols to help limit any spread of the virus.
“Please be assured that Year 10 students are kept separate from all other year groups at all times.
“Any area that a Year 10 student has accessed outside of their year group zone is rigorously cleaned and sanitised before any other year group accesses that space.
“All areas of the academy are cleaned and sanitised throughout the academy day, and the entire building has a deep clean once all students have exited the building.”
The letter adds: “It is important to remember that if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must get a test immediately and self-isolate.
“This means your child must not leave the house during this time and not have contact with anyone outside your household.
“Your child must not attend school unless they have received a negative test, or they are feeling well after their period of self-isolation.”
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