Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, has warned that more and more schools will shut as the winter closes in and cases rise
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The long awaited return to school has been cut short for thousands of students in England and Wales due to coronavirus outbreaks.
Across the two countries at least 339 schools have shut completely or sent some pupils home after positive coronavirus tests.
The alarming figure has been reached as a head teachers union warns that the number of pupils who have to self-isolate could increase and more schools may have to close as winter approaches.
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said disruption to pupils’ education could worsen in the months to come.
He said: “While only a small number of schools have had to close because of outbreaks, we are regularly hearing reports of groups of pupils and staff having to self-isolate in response to positive cases.
“It is essential that the Government improves the capacity of the testing system, and ensures that local health protection teams have the resources they need to provide prompt advice to schools.”
Downing Street says 99% of schools in England have reopened this month, with only a “very small” number remaining closed due to coronavirus outbreaks.
Mount Carmel RC High School told every Year 7 pupil to remain at home after a pupil in the year group tested positive for Covid-19.
A pupil also caught the bug at Accrington Academy – students who were in ‘very close and prolonged proximity’ to the infected pupil were told they needed to quarantine for 14 days at home.
St Christopher’s CE High School confirmed on September 7 that two pupils had the disease, but said it would remain open.
A class at St Anne’s and St Joseph’s school were told to self-isolate for two weeks following a case.
It is not known if it is a pupil or member of staff that has been affeted.
A Year 6 pupil from Valley Invicta Primary School tested positive and the whole year group were told to self isolate.
Coates Lane Primary School confirmed a positive case Covid-19 – a number of individuals who may have been in close contact have been asked to isolate.
St Helen’s Primary Academy confirmed that a teacher tested positive for the virus, meaning all students in that teacher’s class must now self-isolate for two weeks.
On September 6, Athersley South Primary School confirmed that a positive case of the virus had been identified at the school.
Students in Year 8 and 9 only were advised to stay home for two weeks and have been told they can return to school on September 17.
On September 8, Wellgate Primary School confirmed they had one confirmed case of the virus within the school.
On September 7, Barugh Green Primary School closed two of its class bubbles after a child in each was confirmed to have the virus.
On September 10, two departments at Barnsley College were closed after three members of staff tested positive for coronavirus.
Robert Shaw Primary and Nursery School has told Year 5s to self-isolate after a teacher caught the disease.
Year 2 pupils and some staff at Five Acres Primary School were told to stay at home for 14 days following an outbreak.
Robert Miles Junior School sent a Year 5 bubble home after a member of staff tested positive.
Pupils in Year 11 student at Greenwood Academy tested positive after showing symptoms of Covid-19, sparking a 14-day quarantine for classmates.
Year 8 and 11 bubbles at King Edward’s Five Ways were told to self isolate after one pupil in each year group reported they had received a positive test result over the weekend.
Hall Green Infant and Junior School sent home its Year 4 and 5s after positive cases, while a Year 1 class from Lakey Lane were sent home.
All pupils and employees in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 at Prince Albert Primary School were told to stay home for 14 days.
Barlestone Primary School sent several pupils home after they came into contact with a student who tested positive for Covid-19.
A Year 3 pupil caught the bug at Blaby Stone Primary, meaning everyone in the year had to self-isolate for 14 days.
Two students and one teacher at Blackburn College tested positive for coronavirus. Students and staff who have been in direct contact with the teacher and two pupils are being asked to self-isolate at home for 14 days.
At Blackburn High School three year groups have been sent home due to a coronavirus case in each – year 10, year 9 and year 7.
A class at the Blackburn school has been advised to take precautionary measures and self-isolate following instructions from Public Health England.
A year 9 pupil tested positive at Witton Park Academy and the whole year group were sent home.
The parents of Year 7 students at Pleckgate High School were contacted following a positive case in that year group.
Blackfordby Church of England Primary has been shut for a deep clean after an outbreak.
A reception class of 30 children at Bede Academy in Blyth have been advised to self-isolate until September 18 after a confirmed case.
Parents of students at Garth Hill College, Edgbarrow and The Brakenhale School have received letters warning that there have been outbreaks.
Four students from Garth Hill’s sixth form are in isolation as are an unspecified number from Brakenhale’s Year 13.
Dixons Academies Trust, which runs 12 academies in Bradford and Leeds, has confirmed that two staff members and one student have tested positive for the virus at three academies.
While the Trust has not named the schools, two of them are understood to be Dixons Trinity Academy and Dixons Kings Academy.
On September 8 , Bradford Academy wrote to parents informing them that a member of staff had the bug.
The school said that Public Health England’s advice was to keep the bubble that the teacher taught in open, as he had socially distanced while teaching.
A teacher tested positive at Fullhurst Community College, leading Year 10 pupils to a period of self-isolation.
Kings’ Forest Primary School had one Year 1 pupil test positive, with the result being their 27 class mates being put in isolation.
Bromley College has been deep cleaned after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus – though students have been told to still attend.
Red Hill Primary School confirmed an individual at the school has coronavirus and that everyone who was considered a ‘close contact’ has been asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
Pupils in Years 4 and 6 at Firs Primary Academy have been told to isolate for a fortnight following two confirmed cases at the school.
A Year 7 at Unity College caught the bug on the first day back to school.
He had shown no symptoms but was immediately collected by his family and told to self-isolate.
All other 25 students in the Year 7 ‘bubble’ were sent home on Wednesday afternoon and will also self-isolate for 14 days.
Two members of staff tested positive at the Bushey Meads Academy and were sent home immediately.
The headteacher says the school is safe and all necessary Public Health England advice is being followed.
St Margaret’s Preparatory School has asked all 27 pupils and three staff in Year 3 to self-isolate for 14 days.
A pupil at Stanwix School tested positive for the bug, prompting some pupils there to self-isolate.
No pupils have been affected but 12 members of staff have been advised to self isolate for 14 days.
The head teacher of Great Baddow High School in Chelmsford confirmed that one of the pupils at the institution has received a positive diagnosis for Covid-19.
‘Several’ cases of coronavirus were reported in unspecified Cheshire West schools this week, Cheshire West and Chester Council said.
All schools affected have successfully completed contact tracing, while all staff and pupils who have been in contact with those suffering symptoms have been advised to self-isolate for 14 days.
Parents of Year 5 students at Newbold Church of England Primary School in Cranborne Road were told to collect children on Thursday.
However, because of the strict social distancing measures in place on the site, the school remains open to all other staff and pupils unless they fell unwell.
A school visited by Boris Johnson on August 26 temporarily shut after a member of staff caught the disease.
The Castle Rock School hosted the Prime Minister as he went on a press tour when schools reopened after months of lockdown.
Only those staff and students who came into direct contact with the person infected will be made to stay home for two weeks, with Castle Rock due to open its doors on September 15 to everyone else.
A member of AYear 5 group at Hazel Leys Primary Academy tested positive, meaning their bubble has been told to home school for the next 14 days.
The King’s Academy confirmed a positive test of a Year 7 pupil, prompting the entire year group to self-isolate.
Four members of staff have had to isolate after a teacher caught the bug at Countesthorpe Leysland Community College.
Parents of all children in Year 1 at the school have been told that their child must self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution.
Elsewhere in the city Longford Park Primary School, Foxford Community School, John Gulson Primary School, Park Hill Primary School and West Coventry Academy have reported cases.
A staff member at Ridgeway Primary School and Nursery tested positive last Saturday – a couple of days before pupils returned for the new academic year.
Four days after children returned to school Hummersknott Academy confirmed a Year 7 student had its first case of Covid-19.
‘A number of staff’ at Longfield Academy have been told to self isolate after a member of support staff is unwell with a suspected case of Covid-19, a spokesman has said.
The nursery has not specified whether it is a child or a member of staff who has coronavirus.
The day after that Belmont School confirmed that a member of non-teaching staff had tested positive for Covid-19, with Coxhoe Primary School following closely behind.
There has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 at Seaham Trinity Primary School in County Durham, meaning Year 1 pupils have to stay home.
Wilbury Primary School welcomed back children on Monday but on Tuesday the school was forced to close a ‘bubble class’ after a child tested positive for the virus.
St Thomas More Catholic School sent pupils home after a Year 9 student contracted the disease.
All Year 7 pupils, along with four staff, have been sent home from King’s School.
Sandfield Primary School wrote to parents on September 7 to confirm it had sent the Year 3 bubble home after a positive case.
Judgemeadow Community College pupils in Year 10 and 11 have been sent home after a student got the bug.
Parents were told to pick their children up from school ‘as soon as possible’ on September 10 after a case was confirmed in Year 2 at Cherry Orchard Primary School and Nursery.
Head teacher Lynn Chambers told parents that after taking advice from Public Health England, there was no need to close parts of the school or ask any children to self-isolate.
The school closed on Monday for a deep clean to be carried out and so the headteacher can establish who the staff members have been in contact with.
Senior staff at Heanor Gate Science College confirmed that a year 10 pupil had contracted the disease.
But because the youngster had not been in lessons since last Friday, no other students need to self-isolate.
Howitt Primary Community School sent a number of children home, who were in the same “bubble”, after a Year 6 pupil also tested positive for coronavirus.
Bell Farm Primary School sent letters to parents informing them that pupils in Year 1 have contracted the virus.
A ‘significant number’ of other staff are having to self isolate and a ‘few cases’ where pupils had closer contact with the staff member.
Head teacher Fergal Moane confirmed the school is looking at a mixture of remote and on-site learning for the two week period.
Six people have now tested positive for the coronavirus at Cardinal Newman Catholic School since the start of term.
It is thought the cases are linked to an eighteenth birthday party, also attended by a Brighton, Hove And Sussex VI Form College student.
A further three students at the college contracted the disease, with nine people in total now in isolation.
Shiney Row Primary School closed both Year 1 and Year 6 groups after a confirmed case within the school.
Easington Lane Primary School shut its nursery after a member of staff tested positive for Covid-19 at the weekend.
The school has sent home one tutor group to self-isolate ‘as a precautionary measure’ but will remain open for everyone else.
A total of 27 students and two teachers who had been in contact with her have been told to self-isolate.
A member of staff at Holgate Primary and Nursery School tested positive, meaning they and 29 children were sent home.
A Humberstone Junior Academy child also has the bug, meaning they and their bubble have to self-isolate.
The council said the school is following the advice of Public Health England and has asked the other children in that class bubble, the teacher and teaching assistant to self-isolate for 14 days.
A staff member at Beckfoot Oakbank School tested positive for the virus and was asked to stay home for two weeks.
Three other members of staff were also asked to self-isolate after coming into close contact with the staff member, though the school’s head teacher said that no students have been affected.
A Year 10 student was sent home after one day back at Beauchamp College having tested positive.
Tudor Grange Academy sent a letter to parents informing them that a Year 7 pupil had tested positive for Covid-19.
The pupil was not in school whilst symptomatic but in accordance with guidelines, the pupil’s tutor and support bubble will be required to self-isolate.
There has been a positive Covid-19 test of a Year 5 student at Kings Langley Primary School.
The whole of Year 8 at St Bede’s Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre were told to self-isolate after an infection was confirmed at the Lanchester school.
Bardsey Primary School will only welcome back Years 5 and 6 on September 8 after a member of staff tested positive.
On September 11, Castleton Primary School asked a small number of children to remain at home until September 21 after someone tested positive for the virus.
Parents have been urged to watch their children and get them to self-isolate if they begin showing symptoms.
A member of staff and a teacher have tested positive for the bug at New College.
A class bubble worth of pupils at English Martyrs School in Year 9 have been made to self-isolate after a pupil caught the disease.
A single case at Wyvern Primary has seen several staff and pupils embark on a period of self-isolation, while a member of staff at Ellesmere College also has the bug.
One student has been confirmed as having the virus at each of Orchard Mead Academy, Mowmacre Hill Primary, Catherine Infants School, Crown Hills Community College, City of Leicester College, Shenton Primary, Medway Primary, Overdale Infant School and Lancaster Academy.
An entire class of primary school pupils and their teacher was told to self-isolate after a pupil tested positive at Leyland Methodist Infant and Junior Schools.
Parents of Year 1 pupils have been asked to keep their children at home after the school was notified of a positive Covid-19 case.
St Cecilia’s Roman Catholic High Schoo has asked 13 members of staff to self-isolate for 14 days after a teacher tested positive.
Years 7, 8 and 9 will not return to school until September 17 and have been told to access learning from home.
Woodbrook Vale School has had to send several dozen pupils home for a fortnight after a single pupil caught the bug.
Headteacher Joolz Scarlett said: “Opening the school in an international pandemic is not without risk, and were a special school, so so some pupils have very complex special needs which make them vulnerable.
Two pupils at Berry Hill Primary School caught the bug, meaning two classes were put in self-isolation for two weeks.
Other pupils who were in close contact with the child have been asked to self-isolate for two weeks.
A child in Year 6 at Lisle Marsden Church of England Primary Academy tested positive.
Parents of other Year 6 children who have been in close proximity to the pupil have been contacted, but all other children are continuing to attend.
A Strood Academy employee and three other members of staff have been advised to self isolate after a positive case at the school.
West Derby School was the first in the city to send children home after a confirmed case.
A total of 56 pupils and three staff members will now spend 14 days self isolating at home following the positive test.
Half of all pupils at Sudley Junior School were sent home after it recorded two positive coronavirus cases, with pupils in Years 3 and 5 now isolating.
A member of “the school community” at Broad Square Primary School tested positive, meaning they are their bubble are in self-isolation.
Pupils in Year 11 at Liverpool College have to isolate for two weeks after a positive coronavirus tests.
In Everton Hunts Cross Primary School and Our Lady of Immaculate School had to send some pupils home after an outbreak.
English Martyrs Catholic Primary Year 5 pupils have to spend a fortnight at home after a member of staff got the bug where as Litherland Moss shut entirely after Year 3 pupils tested positive.
Woodchurch High School and Co-op Academy Bebington have collectively have to tell hundreds of students to self-isolate after pupils at the former and staff at the latter caught the disease.
Ridgeway High School, Brackenwood Infant School and Bidston Village Primary School have been affected to an unknown extent after reported cases.
All Saints Catholic High School remains open despite two pupils testing positive for coronavirus last week.
Parents of children at Longton Lane Primary School received an email on Tuesday morning informing them there had been a confirmed case of Covid-19 at Kidzone, the neighbouring private nursery that also provides Longton Lane’s after-school club.
Outwood Academy Ormesby school leaders said in a short statement that a confirmed case had been found “within the school community” earlier this week.
All those with close contact to the affected pupil were told to self-isolate until September 22.
Hemlington Hall Academy is to close for 14 days after five staff members tested positive for coronavirus.
Because the school is separated into zones to stop everyone mixing, only limited numbers have been sent home.
A pupil or member of staff at George White Junior School was told to self-isolate for 14 days after testing positive for the coronavirus.
The school confirmed a Year 1 teacher had tested positive for Covid-19 in a statement on its website.
Brocks Hill Primary School has told two Year 3 classes worth of pupils to stay home for 14 days after two children tested positive.
A Year 10 pupil at Gartree High School tested positive, prompting the rest of the year being told to stay home until September 21.
The rest of the school remains open, with children not directly affected by the case urged to attend as normal.
Ormesby Primary School told its parents that all Year 5 pupils would need to self-isolate due to a confirmed case.
The Cherwell School advised pupils and parents that an unnamed employee had contracted Covid-19 and was self-isolating.
The private school, located in Ford Park, confirmed a Year 11 day pupil has received a positive result for Covid-19 and the whole Year 11 “year group bubble” will isolate at home for a quarantine period of 14 days.
Dozens of students were sent home from Cardinal Newman College after a positive case of coronavirus on September 7.
Mellers Primary School saw a Year 1 and Year 3 teacher test positive for coronavirus at the start of last week.
All Year 1 and Year 3 pupils were been told to stay at home for 14 days and register for a test if they feel unwell.
The school cannot currently reopen for the remaining pupils “for the time being” as too many staff members are either self-isolating or getting tested.
A ‘small number of pupils’ tested positive at the Hertsmere Jewish Primary School and three classes have been self-isolating as a result.
Any other staff member or pupil who came into close contact with the affected person has been sent home.
A “class bubble” at Katesgrove Primary School, 30 pupils plus a teacher and an assistant, were sent home after a positive test this week.
Ings Farm Primary School has also seen a positive case, although it remains open to all but those directly in contact with the student.
A group of pupils from Carr Hill Primary School were sent home and told to self-isolate for 14 days after there was a positive case on-site.
The JCB Academy confirmed a positive case after being one of the first schools in England to reopen in August.
It was closed on Friday September 4 as a precaution but reopened the following on Monday with around 100 students self-isolating.
The Valley Leadership Academy sent home a group of pupils after a student in Year 11 tested positive for coronavirus.
A Year 10 student in Montsaye Academy has caught the bug, meaning people in their bubble were told to self-isolate.
Highfield Junior and Infant School in Saltley closed to pupils and staff in Year 4 and 5 after an unconfirmed number of cases.
Thirty students at Moat Farm Junior School were told to self-isolate on September 10, the day after Year 4 pupils and teachers from Ocker Hill Academy were sent home.
A bubble has been told to self-isolate following a case in Year 9 at Stuart Bathurst Catholic High School.
Wodensborough Ormiston Academy confirmed a student had tested positive, leaving 27 students and one staff member in self-isolation.
Scampton C of E Primary School sent a class load of pupils and a teacher home after a student tested positve.
On September 6 Birkdale School confirmed that sixth form students would be staying at home for two weeks following one of them testing positive for the virus.
The school’s head teacher said that sixth formers were in a bubble and, as such, only came into contact with one another.
On September 7, Chaucer School confirmed that there had been a positive case of the virus at their school.
The school said that a small number of children will have been in prolonged contact with the person who tested positive and have been asked to stay home for two weeks.
The Gryphon School said that staff and students who had been in close contact with a Year 13 student who tested positive have been identified and advised to self-isolate.
Highgate Primary has had one confirmed case, meaning a small number of their close contacts are now in isolation.
Bapchild and Tonge Primary School reported case of coronavirus. Head teacher Christian Kelly says he was informed late on September 4 that a child in Year 1 had tested positive for the virus. The entire year group was told to self-isolate.
St Peter’s Primary School – a class of Year 6 pupils was sent home for 14 days after the school received confirmation of a child testing positive for the virus on September 6.
Westlands Primary School – a pupil in Year 1 has tested positive for Covid-19 at the school and all pupils in the year group were told to remain home for 14 days.
A pupil from Oxley Primary School caught the bug, meaning their classmates were sent home for two weeks.
A member of staff at Shrewsbury Academy tested postive for Covid 19 and has immediately isolated.
The school has not shut, despite parents worried by reports on social media queueing outside the school in the middle of the day to collect their children.
A member of staff at Our Lady’s Queen of Peace College tested positive for Covid-19, leaving them and four of their colleagues to self-isolate for 14 days.
A member of staff at the Holt Primary School tested positive, meaning they, three colleagues and 30 children have to self-isolate.
It has been confirmed Upton Court Grammar School in Slough has had a pupil test positive for the virus.
It was not confirmed whether a pupil or staff member was the confirmed case and the affected class bubble has been shut.
Lowe’s Wong Junior School sent 31 children home following a positive case of coronavirus on site.
An entire primary school class was sent home after several children fell ill with symptoms of coronavirus at St Katherine’s School.
An entire primary school class was sent home after several children fell ill with symptoms of coronavirus.
A student tested positive at Spalding High School, leaving the establishment to undertake a deep clean.
A Year 6 class is closed to pupils at Conway Primary School after a pupil tested positive for coronavirus.
Ashford Park Primary School wrote to parents on September 4 saying: “We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.”
It is not yet known whether the confirmed case was a pupil or member of staff at the school.
Stockton Riverside College confirmed a member of non-teaching staff had tested positive for the virus last week.
On Wednesday Thornaby Primary School told parents a member of non-teaching staff had tested positive for the virus.
Some pupils at Burlish Park Primary School have been told to isolate after a coronavirus case was reported.
The whole of Year 2 at Devonshire Primary School has been told to stay at home for two weeks following an infection.
St Mark’s Primary School said it would shut for two weeks after a staff member caught the bug.
A pupil tested positive for Lainesmead Primary School, meaning their Year 5 bubble has been made to self-isolate.
Parents of pupils in Year 4 at Adamsrill Primary School received an email informing them of a positive Covid-19 test and were told to keep their children home.
The Rawlett School said that the staff member and a Year 8 student are self-isolating along with all other pupils in the bubble.
A primary reception pupil at Hadley Learning Centre contracted the virus, meaning children in the same class must stay at home until further notice.
Kennet School confirmed on September 10 that a student has contracted the virus just days after schools reopened.
The two positive cases at Duke’s Aldridge Academy are in Year 7 and Year 8, and all pupils in those years have been sent home ‘until further notice’.
One Year 9 pupil from Sponne School caught the bug, landing 15 of their classmates in self-isolation.
A teacher at Trowell Church of England Primary School was sent to hospital but is said to be “in good spirits” having tested positive for coronavirus.
One pupil and four members of staff at St Augustine’s Catholic College tested positive, landing 160 people with two weeks of self-isolation.
Blackthorn Primary School confirmed that 32 pupils and five members of staff were told to self-isolate on September 11.
A Year 7 student at Aldridge School also caught the bug, but they had not been in school.
St Robert of Newminster reported that its sixth form department has closed this week following a confirmed case.
A total of 27 pupils at Wodensborough Ormiston Academy have been forced to self-isolate following a positive case.
Parents of children in Year 9 attending Stuart Bathhurst Catholic High School in Wednesbury received a letter telling them to enforce isolation for 14 days after an outbreak.
The whole year 8 cohort was told to self isolate for 14 days as a result.
A Year 12 pupil tested positive at Wigston College, meaning the year must now isolate for two weeks.
Churchill Academy has asked 57 pupils to stay home for a fortnight after one student caught Covid-19.
Marine Park First School told children in some class to self-isolate on September 7 after a “small number” of coronavirus cases were detected in the primary school.
Although its identity is not currently known, a Rossendale Borough Councillor has confirmed that several cases have been traced back to one school in Whitworth.
Pupils at Springdale Primary School in Year 6 have been asked to self-isolate after a pupil tested positive for coronavirus, with Year 3s at Whitgreave Primary School also sent home.
Thirty pupils in Woden Primary School’s Year 6 were told to self-isolate after a student tested positive for coronavirus on September 8, three days before Codscall Community High School had a confirmed case.
All Year 11 pupils at Highfields School have had to go home, as with Year 8s at Bilbrook Middle School
Amethyst Sixth closed to its 250 students after a teacher tested positive for coronavirus, while East Park Academy sent home two different year groups after two students tested positive for coronavirus.
A member of staff at Royal Primary School caught the bug, meaning around 100 people had to self-isolate.
A pupil at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy has tested positive for coronavirus, leaving 284 Year 9s to self isolate until 25 September.
Pupils in two reception classes at Burlish Park Primary School have been told to self-isolate following a positive case.
A Year 7 class at Woodrush High School is self-isolating for 14 days after a pupil tested positive for coronavirus.
A class of 21 pupils has been told to self-isolate for two weeks following the discovery.
Both Ysgol Bryn Castell in Brynmenyn and Maesteg School have been affected by staff having tested positive.
Pupils are to return as planned on Monday, aside from Key Stage 4 students at Ysgol Bryn Castell who will come back on September 21.
The council said the school were dealing with the case “in line with its test, trace and protect procedures”.
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