Over 300 schools in England and Wales forced to close or send pupils home after positive Covid tests

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Thousands of students are having their return to school curtailed because of coronavirus outbreaks in the classroom.

More than 330 schools in England and Wales have either shut completely or sent some class groups home after receiving positive test results.

Pupils in Scotland had all returned by August 12, and they are also dealing with a number of outbreaks.

And Northern Ireland schools were back in classrooms on August 31, despite a survey from NI’s largest teaching union saying a majority of staff ‘feel anxious and stressed’ about returning.

Jim Blakely, head at Garstang St Thomas’ School, told the Today programme: ‘At the moment I’ve got two members of staff not here.

‘My Year 4 teacher was sent home last Wednesday due to Covid symptoms, a persistent cough, but there were no tests available on Wednesday.

‘So he kept trying to book during the day and in the evening, and there was some test available in some strange places, and these are the same places that parents in my school have been directed to like Aberdeen and Llandudno.

‘Not only are they miles away, but they are in Wales and Scotland. There is very little local testing.’

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said disruption to pupils’ education could worsen in the months to come.

‘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.

More than 330 schools in England and Wales have either shut completely or sent some class groups home after receiving positive test results. Pictured: Blackfordby St Margaret's CE Primary School, Derbyshire is closed

More than 330 schools in England and Wales have either shut completely or sent some class groups home after receiving positive test results. Pictured: Blackfordby St Margaret’s CE Primary School, Derbyshire is closed

‘The concern is that this disruption will worsen as winter approaches.’

He also warned that the work of schools and colleges in reopening to all students is being undermined by widespread problems in accessing Covid-19 tests.

‘Even when tests have taken place this was not the end of the problems. Some leaders reported that it was taking three days or more for test results to be returned, and when there were positive Covid cases, a number said they had experienced difficulty in getting through to local health protection teams for guidance and support,’ he said.

Downing Street have said that the vast majority – around 99 per cent – of schools have reopened as planned this month. 

‘There is a very small number of schools which have asked some or all of their pupils to remain at home,’ they said. 

‘Children who are self-isolating continue to receive remote education from home.’

Here is a list of all schools in England and Wales known to have been affected by a positive coronavirus test:

Downing Street have said that the vast majority - around 99 per cent - of schools have reopened as planned this month. Pictured: St Mark's Primary School, Swanage, Dorset which also closed due to an outbreak

Downing Street have said that the vast majority – around 99 per cent – of schools have reopened as planned this month. Pictured: St Mark’s Primary School, Swanage, Dorset which also closed due to an outbreak




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.


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.


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.

Lammack Primary School contacted parents after positive cases of coronavirus were confirmed among pupils.

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.

160 pupils at Two Mile Hill Primary School in Bristol are at home self-isolating following an outbreak

160 pupils at Two Mile Hill Primary School in Bristol are at home self-isolating following an outbreak


Three schools in Bolton have had outbreaks. They are:

  • St Bernard’s RC, Bolton – (Year 5 bubble)
  • Beaumont Primary, Bolton – (Reception)
  • Clarendon Primary, Bolton – (Year 6 bubble)


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.


Five schools in Bury have had coronavirus outbreaks. They are:

  • Heaton Park Primary School, Bury – (Class 2W and Year 3)
  • Lowercroft Primary School, Bury – (Year 6)
  • Prestolee Primary School, Radcliffe
  • St Bernadette’s RC Primary, Whitefield – (Nursery, Years 1, 2, 5 and 6)
  • St Gabriel’s RC High School, Bury – (Year 11)
Pictured: Royal Wootton Bassett Academy near Swindon, Wiltshire where 284 students are self isolating

Pictured: Royal Wootton Bassett Academy near Swindon, Wiltshire where 284 students are self isolating


‘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.


A pupil at Stanwix School tested positive for the bug, prompting some pupils there to self-isolate.


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.


Twelve schools in Manchester have had coronavirus outbreaks. They are:

  • Wilbraham Primary School, Fallowfield – (Year 3 and Year 4)
  • Park View Community School, Miles Platting
  • Manchester High School for Girls – (Year 5 Prep)
  • Newall Green Primary School, Wythenshawe – (One class in Year 1)
  • Old Hall Drive Academy, Gorton – (Year 6)
  • Old Moat Primary School, Withington – (Year 6)
  • St Aidan’s Catholic Primary, Northern Moor – (Year 2)
  • Chorlton High School South – (A Year 7 class)
  • Green End Primary School, Burnage – (One Reception class)
  • Oswald Road Primary School, Chorlton – (Year 3)
  • Manchester Communication Academy, Harpurhey – (One bubble from Year 11)
  • Inspire Academy, Ashton – (Year 1)


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.

Meadow Park School – a pupil referral unit – closed after an outbreak among staff.

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.



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.


Consett Academy told parents a child had tested positive on Tuesday.

It said the school remains open however and that a small number of students are self-isolating.


Four days after children returned to school Hummersknott Academy confirmed a Year 7 student had its first case of Covid-19.

On Monday, Staindrop Academy told parents the school had a confirmed case.


Laurel Avenue Primary School told parents on Monday that a pupil had tested positive.

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.


St Thomas More Catholic School sent pupils home after a Year 9 student contracted the disease.


St Aidan’s primary school saw a pupil or staff member test positive.

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.

Houghton le Spring

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 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.

North Shields

Marden High School’s headteacher said a pupil had tested positive for the virus.



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.

A small number of staff and students have been asked to self-isolate.

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.

On September 12, Parkside School closed after two members of staff tested positive for coronavirus.


A teacher at Cleethorpes Academy tested positive for Covid-19.

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.

Coulby Newham

The King’s Academy confirmed a positive test of a Year 7 pupil, prompting the entire year group to self-isolate.


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.


Bardsey Primary School will only welcome back Years 5 and 6 on September 8 after a member of staff tested positive.

The rest of the school are now set for another week of home learning.

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.


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.


Outwood Academy Ormesby school leaders said in a short statement that a confirmed case had been found “within the school community” earlier this week.

The person who tested positive did not contract the virus at the secondary school.

On Tuesday a Year 7 pupil had tested positive for the virus at Kings Academy.

Their whole year group will now have to self-isolate.

Nunthorpe Academy confirmed it had seen a Covid-19 case.

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. 



Year 2 pupils and some staff at Five Acres Primary School were told to stay at home for 14 days following an outbreak.


Glenbrook Primary School partially closed after a member of staff tested positive.


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.

A class of students at Erdington Academy have been sent home after a positive case.

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.

Yardley Primary School sent home pupils today after a positive case.


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.


Blackfordby Church of England Primary has been shut for a deep clean after an outbreak.


Newsham Primary School has sent its Year 1s home after a child tested positive.

A reception class of 30 children at Bede Academy in Blyth have been advised to self-isolate until September 18 after a confirmed case.


A teacher tested positive at Fullhurst Community College, leading Year 10 pupils to a period of self-isolation.


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.

Chapel Hill

A member of staff at St Cecilia’s RC High School tested positive on September 5.

No pupils have been affected but 12 members of staff 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.


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.


Studfall Junior Academy said a Year 4 pupil had tested positive for Covid-19.

They are the only person that has had to self-isolate.

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.


Four members of staff have had to isolate after a teacher caught the bug at Countesthorpe Leysland Community College.


A child in Year 1 at Parkgate Primary School has caught the bug.

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.

Before the weekend there were 23 confirmed cases in the city’s school system.

Croxton Kerrial

Croxton Kerrial Primary School has been closed after a positive case was reported.


Last weekend at Bosworth Academy pupil found out they had the bug.

They did not go to school on the Monday, meaning class can continue as normal.


The Wordsley School confirmed there had been a positive case on September 8.


All Year 7 pupils, along with four staff, have been sent home from King’s School.


Three members of staff at Brookdale Groby Learning Campus must self-isolate after catching the virus.


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.


The Freshwaters Primary Academy closed on Tuesday after a number of students displayed coronavirus symptoms.

The school announced it will stay shut until negative test results come back.

Handsworth Wood

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.


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.


A member of staff at Holgate Primary and Nursery School tested positive, meaning they and 29 children were sent home.


A single pupil has tested positive at Merrydale Infants School.

A teacher has been infected at Falcons Primary, leading Year 4 students to self-isolate.

A Humberstone Junior Academy child also has the bug, meaning they and their bubble have to self-isolate.


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.


The Winstanley School has recorded a case.

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.


Woodbrook Vale School has had to send several dozen pupils home for a fortnight after a single pupil caught the bug.


Two pupils at Berry Hill Primary School caught the bug, meaning two classes were put in self-isolation for two weeks.

Market Harborough

A pupil at Ridgeway Primary Academy has tested positive for the coronavirus.

They have been asked to self-isolate for 10 days.

Other pupils who were in close contact with the child have been asked to self-isolate for two weeks. 



Robert Shaw Primary and Nursery School has told Year 5s to self-isolate after a teacher caught the disease.


Five members of staff tested positive at Samuel Ward Academy.

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.

It reopened on Wednesday.


Hitchin Boys’ School closed after a member of staff tested positive.

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.

Kings Langley

There has been a positive Covid-19 test of a Year 5 student at Kings Langley Primary School.

The year five bubble were told to self-isolate for 14 days.



A Year 6 pupil from Valley Invicta Primary School tested positive and the whole year group were told to self isolate.


A student at Aylesbury Grammar School has tested positive for Covid-19.

One form group from Year 8 has been told to isolate as a result.


There has been a case reported at Echelford Primary School.


Claverham Community College has had a confirmed case of Covid-19 but remains open.


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.

It is not known what year has been affected from Edgebarrow.


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.


Two members of staff tested positive at the Bushey Meads Academy and were sent home immediately.

No students have been in close contact with the staff members.

The headteacher says the school is safe and all necessary Public Health England advice is being followed.


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.


An unknown number of pupils at Chesham Grammar School caught the virus last week.

Most of them are said to have been infected abroad during the school holidays.

The school had not reopened when the cases were confirmed.


A pupil at Valley End C of E Infant School caught the bug.


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.


‘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.

Given the circumstances of the case it is being treated as a confirmed case.


Hadden Hill Nursery was be closed until September Friday 11 following an outbreak.

The nursery has not specified whether it is a child or a member of staff who has coronavirus.


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.


Bell Farm Primary School sent letters to parents informing them that pupils in Year 1 have contracted the virus.


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.


Heston Community School has suffered one positive case.

The school has sent home one tutor group to self-isolate ‘as a precautionary measure’ but will remain open for everyone else.

Cranford Community College announced a ‘new female student’ had received a positive test.

A total of 27 students and two teachers who had been in contact with her have been told to self-isolate.

Isle of Wight

Cowes Primary School sent letters to parents saying an individual had coronavirus.

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.


Manor Green School is the latest school to see positive test result.

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.

“So we have given parents the option to continue home schooling.

“Very few parents have taken us up on that offer and most pupils are in.”


There has been an outbreak amongst Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School pupils.

It is not known how many pupils were affected.


A Strood Academy employee and three other members of staff have been advised to self isolate after a positive case at the school 



One Year 6 child has been diagnosed with the bug at Shirehampton Primary School.

The entire year group is self-isolating for 14 days.

Two Mile Hill Primary School tested positive leading 160 students of mixed ages to self-isolate.

John William Oasis Academy saw one confirmed case, leading all of Year 7 to isolate.

Kings’ Forest Primary School had one Year 1 pupil test positive, with the result being their 27 class mates being put in isolation.


St Margaret’s Preparatory School has asked all 27 pupils and three staff in Year 3 to self-isolate for 14 days.


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