Pupils sent home after positive coronavirus case confirmed at Woodkirk Academy in Tingley

A positive coronavirus case has been confirmed at a secondary school in Tingley.

Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 10:17 am
Updated Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 10:20 am

Woodkirk Academy, in Rein Road, confirmed that someone tested positive on Monday, September 21.

It has not been confirmed whether the person was a pupil, teacher or other member of staff.

However, it has affected the Year 11 group.

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A positive coronavirus case has been confirmed at Woodkirk Academy in Tingley.

Those affected have been sent home and self-isolate for 14 days.

Joanne Barton, Principal of Woodkirk Academy said: "We received confirmation of a positive case affecting Year 11 on Monday afternoon.

"We immediately took advice from the Department for Education, and took appropriate and swift action to identify everyone who had had significant contact with the case.

"Those affected have been asked to stay at home and self-isolate in line with national guidance.

"The health, safety and wellbeing of our whole school community is our main priority and we have robust procedures and measures in place to support this.

"Thank you to students, staff and parents for their ongoing support with this."

Woodkirk Academy has 1,800 pupils, more than 300 sixth form students, and more than 250 members of staff.

What is a 'bubble'?

The government has advised schools to separate pupils into bubbles to reduce contact and limit the transmission of coronavirus.

In secondary schools, the government advice is to separate the bubbles into year groups in order to "enable schools to deliver the full range of curriculum subjects and students to receive specialist teaching."

This means there is no mixing between the year groups in classrooms, corridors and other open areas.

It also allows schools to easily identify those who may need to self-isolate if someone within the bubble tests positive for the virus

This means if a pupil tests positive in one bubble, only that bubble will need to isolate and not the other bubbles, limiting the impact on each year group.