A sixth form student at Kingsbury Green Academy has tested positive for Coronavirus.
As a result of a positive test, the school have taken the precautionary measure of sending all sixth form pupils home to self isolate for 14 days.
Pupils have been asked to stay at home until 29th September. The school will continue to operate as usual for all other year groups.
Kingsbury Green have been working with PHW who have been on hand to ensure that they take every possible measure to act quickly in securing the safety of pupils and staff.
A statement from the school reads: “Kingsbury Green Academy in Calne was today informed that a student in the Sixth Form has received a positive COVID-19 test result. We have followed the COVID-19 Early Outbreak Management document and liaised with Public Health England and Public Health Wiltshire (PHW), who have directed all subsequent actions to manage the situation,” said Mr Tudor.
“As a precautionary measure, we have been advised to self-isolate all students in the Sixth Form. At this point, no other Year Group is affected. The school’s safety measures have ensured that pupils from different year groups have been kept apart, for example through holding separate breaks and lunches, and we continue to maintain all systems of control to protect those pupils. The school will continue to operate as normal for all other year groups based on the advice of PHW.
“Taking such a decision is of course extremely difficult, as I know how disruptive it is to have students sent home so soon after their return. I am afraid that this is a challenging situation that an increasing number of schools across the country are having to manage. Thankfully, PHW have been on hand to ensure that we take every possible measure to act quickly in securing the safety of our pupils and staff.
“I would like to thank parents for their patience and support. This is an incredibly difficult time and is a test of everyone’s resilience. However, through working together we will manage the situation calmly and professionally so that our students can return to school safely as soon as possible.”
In light of the increasing number of schools experiencing confirmed cases of Covid-19 on a local and national basis, The Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Trust has made it a trust-wide policy that from Wednesday 16 September, it will be compulsory for students and staff at all its schools to wear face coverings in corridors and indoor communal areas. This does not apply to lessons, as staff already have the option of wearing transparent face visors in the classroom.
Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Trust schools comprise Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, Kingsbury Green Academy in Calne, Lawn Manor Academy in Swindon, Noremarsh Junior School in Royal Wootton Bassett, The Wellington Academy and Wellington Primary and Wellington Eagles in Ludgershall.
Where for medical reasons a student cannot wear a face mask parents are asked to inform their child’s tutor so that staff can be informed and an exception will be made. No child will be made to feel uncomfortable in any such circumstance and all RWBA Trust staff will continue to protect individual liberties.