A SECONDARY school in Ellesmere Port has confirmed its third case of coronavirus.

Whitby High headteacher Bryn Heeley said a student had tested positive on Wednesday afternoon (October 7).

As as a result a small number of pupils from the same year group who had been in close contact are now self-isolating.

Mr Heeley said swift action and the support of both students and parents has avoided the need for the whole year group to self-isolate.

It's the third confirmed Covid-19 case to affect the Sycamore Drive school since the start of the new term.

In a statement, Mr Heeley said: "I can confirm that we had a third positive Covid-19 case on Wednesday afternoon. The student was not on site and having put our track and trace procedure in place we were able to identify a small cohort of one year group that have been asked to self isolate until Saturday 17th October.

"The ability to keep the number of students out of school to a minimum was as a result of our strategic plan pin pointing close contacts quickly and through liaison with the child and parent.

"I thank all concerned for their swift and supportive actions. This avoided us having to release the whole year group into self isolation. All students now self isolating are accessing our on line parallel curriculum which mirrors the work being completed by their peers in school."

In an email sent out to parents and carers, the school has reminded them to make contact immediately if their child experiences any of the following symptoms:

  1. A high temperature
  2. A new, continuous cough
  3. A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste