A second school has had to ask pupils to self-isolate following a confirmed coronavirus case.

Avon Valley College in Durrington is taking "precautionary measures" after one of its students tested positive for Covid-19.

The pupil is in Year 10, meaning 65 Year 10 pupils will now have to self-isolate as a precaution until September 21. One member of staff is also self-isolating.

The pupils affected will continue their learning at home, Wiltshire Council has said.

Earlier today, another school confirmed it had to send children home after one of them tested positive.

Louisa Paston, Head of Avon Valley College, said: “Our priority is the safety and welfare of everyone at the school and although we know this will be disruptive for some, it is the best course of action to take.

"We really appreciate the understanding of all the families involved, as we know how difficult this is. We wish the pupil a speedy recovery and have plans in place to ensure all those who are self-isolating get the support they need to learn at home. Our Covid-19 measures already in place will ensure the rest of the school can continue just as before."

Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health for Wiltshire, said: “Although only one pupil has tested positive, we need to take this action to ensure we keep the rest of the school community as safe as possible. Schools are well prepared for this eventuality and they have been incredibly supportive as we work together with Public Health England to manage these types of situations. We wish the pupil a really speedy recovery.

“We urge anyone who is asked to self-isolate to adhere to the government guidance; if they don’t have symptoms they do not need to get a test. However, if a member of their household has symptoms and takes a test then they should self-isolate.”

Sam Johnston, Executive Principal of Salisbury Plain Academies, added: "As of today (September 16), we now have two confirmed cases of Covid-19 across Salisbury Plain Academies Trust (Bulford St Leonard’s being the other). Owing to the stringent safety precautions in place in all of our schools as well as the careful planning for such a scenario, transmission and impact on learning has been, and will be minimised."