Clevedon School orders year groups to self-isolate after Covid outbreak

South West school sends students home after COVID outbreak

Clevedon School has told years eight and nine to self-isolate after a number of confirmed COVID cases. - Credit: Mike Thie

Clevedon School has confirmed that all students in years eight and nine will remain at home for 10 days after 'a number of confirmed Covid cases'.

Eleven positive PCR tests have were recorded at the school, in Valley Road, last week.  

The decision for both year groups to learn remotely was made by the school alongside North Somerset Council and its public health specialists.

Headteacher, Jim Smith told the Times: “Whilst we naturally want all our students learning in school and enjoying school life, we have been advised that it is in the best interests of the school and wider community to take action now and revert to remote learning for year eight and year nine”.

"The school has had one of the lowest rates of Covid cases in the region and this is the first time a whole year group has been sent home since the pandemic started in March 2020."

It is believed that the positive tests are a result of the recent half-term break.

Mr Smith added: "We have robust Covid protocols in place that were praised by Public Health officials and that have been advised on by leading experts.

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"The data suggests we are dealing with both school transmission and transmission connected to the half-term break."

More than 50 students self-isolating in North Somerset school

Clevedon School has recorded 11 positive PCR tests and are waiting for eight more results. - Credit: Mike Thie

Alongside the students who tested positive, 49 have been told to self-isolate as a close contact.

A spokesperson for North Somerset Council said:  “We have been working closely with Clevedon School and Public Health England to ensure that effective infection control measures are in place.

"We are keeping the data under constant review and will continue to respond promptly and in partnership with the school to limit the spread of the virus."

Both year groups will undergo remote learning until June 18, returning to school on June 21.

Face masks will be reintroduced for students in years seven, 10 and 12 who remain in school to prevent the risk of further cases.