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Quarantine for sixth form at St Mary's Catholic School in Bishop's Stortford after student tests positive for Covid-19

Sixth-form students at St Mary's Catholic School have been sent home to self-isolate after a pupil tested positive for Covid-19.

The quarantine for the 'bubble' of 190 teenagers in Years 12 and 13 preparing for A-levels at the Windhill secondary in Bishop's Stortford is set to last 14 days.

Year 12 and Year 7 classes resumed last Wednesday (Sept 2) as part of a staggered start which saw all children return on Thursday (Sept 3).

General Views - File Shots.Bishops Stortford.St Mary's Catholic School. (42187324)
General Views - File Shots.Bishops Stortford.St Mary's Catholic School. (42187324)

Head Andrew Celano said today (Wed Sept 9): "Following the notification of a symptomatic case of Covid-19 at the school last week and in line with formal guidance from Public Health England (PHE), we have taken the decision that the 190 members of the sixth form 'bubble' at St Mary's should isolate for 14 days. Teaching for this 'bubble' will now revert to live, interactive online lessons.

"We will always make the health of pupils and staff at the school our highest priority, and so we continue to apply Department for Education regulations and PHE advice during the pandemic.

"We wish the affected individual a speedy and full recovery. I ask that everyone remains vigilant for signs and symptoms of Covid-19 and follows the relevant guidance if they display any Covid-19 symptoms – including isolation and arranging a test."

Rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted, St Mary's has just over 1,000 pupils in all.

Mr Celano added: "We have sent parents reminders of the requirements for isolation and what to do if they or any of their household becomes unwell.

"Meanwhile, attendance for the rest of the school remains very high, at over 95%, whilst lessons, tutorials and assemblies for the sixth form continue live and online.

"Whilst unfortunate in this instance, it does demonstrate that the Public Health England measures we have in place are quick and responsive when a positive case is identified."

Cllr Terry Douris, education authority Herts County Council's cabinet member for education, said: “We, at Hertfordshire County Council, are supporting all of our county’s schools to follow the latest guidance from government and PHE.

"We urge all parents and carers to follow guidance they receive on self-isolation to keep themselves and their communities safe."

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