A member of staff at Winterbourne Earls Primary School has tested positive for Covid-19.

As a result, two members of staff and all 26 pupils from Year 3 have been asked to self-isolate as a precaution, Wiltshire Council has confirmed.

The affected pupils will continue their learning at home for 14 days up to and including Friday October 9.

"The school has been working closely with Public Health England and Wiltshire Council to ensure high standards of hygiene and social distancing are maintained and all the necessary measures are in place," a council spokesperson said.

"The self-isolation of the pupils is very precautionary to minimise any risk to others."

Jenny Purchase, Headteacher at Winterbourne Earls said: “We have written to all parents and carers to explain the situation.

"I am really grateful to them for their understanding and support as we know this will cause disruption for these families.

"The safety of everyone within our school community is the most important thing and we will continue to work with Wiltshire Council and Public Health England to ensure this is managed closely so that the rest of the school can continue.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone back in a couple of weeks.”

Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health for Wiltshire, added: “These are important precautionary measures which can keep the risk of any transmission within the school community as low as possible. We’ll work with Public Health England to support the school so their high standard of COVID-19 measures are maintained.

“Anyone that is asked to self-isolate should follow the government guidance and stay at home; 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.

“We ask that people regularly wash hands, maintain social distancing and wear face coverings where appropriate – this is the best way to keep you and everyone safe as much as possible.”