AN entire class of pupils and six members of staff from a village primary school have been sent home to self-isolate for two-weeks after a classmate tested positive for coronavirus.

One class from Heathlands Primary School, in New Church Road, West Bergholt, were sent home from the school on Tuesday.

All of the 32 students in the class, or bubble, will now have to self-isolate at home for two weeks after one member of the class tested positive for Covid-19.

Six members of staff have also been sent home to isolate for two-weeks.

Mel Cork, acting headteacher of Heathlands C of E Primary School, said: “A pupil at Heathlands C of E Primary School, West Bergholt, has tested positive for Covid-19.

"From the moment we were informed of the positive test, all processes and procedures implemented under advice from the local authority and Public Health England were enacted.

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"All 32 pupil members of the bubble which this pupil was a part of are now self-isolating for two weeks, along with six members of staff.

“This is an isolated incident which has only affected this bubble.

"All other pupil bubbles are in school, no further action has been taken and we are closely monitoring the situation."

One member of the public told the Gazette the class involved is a year four group at the school.

Ms Cork said the school was keeping parents updated in relation to the situation.

She added: “Heathlands C of E Primary School has given clear communication to parents about processes surrounding COVID-19.

"This includes the need for parents to confirm to schools as soon as possible about positive cases, so swift action can be taken to protect the school community and ensure the school can continue to remain open.

“Here at Heathlands C of E Primary School, the health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff is of the utmost concern.”