A SCHOOL in Sherborne St John has one confirmed case of Coronavirus, the head teacher has revealed.

Everest Community Academy on Oxford Way was made aware yesterday that one member of the school community has tested positive.

Acting head teacher, Mr Paul Grills, said: "Unfortunately, yesterday we were informed of a confirmed case of Covid-19 with a member of our school community. We are providing as much support as we can, and our whole school community sends its best wishes to all.

"We take our responsibility for the safety and welfare of our pupils and staff extremely seriously and therefore as a precautionary measure and in line with guidance from Public Health England all children and staff that have been in direct proximity to the infected person cannot be in school and need to self-isolate for 14 days.

"Parents of those students isolating have been very supportive and we have been in contact with families to ensure that remote learning gets up and running immediately.

"All other students will continue to attend school as planned and there is no need for anyone who is not contacted to self-isolate or be unduly concerned."

When asked about the school's decision on which and how many students have been asked to self-isolate, Mr Grills said: "We have taken guidance from Public Health England, as all schools are doing in this situation."

This latest confirmed case comes after the Gazette reported earlier today that one student at Queen Mary's College in Basingstoke has tested positive, while two Londis stores in the town have been forced to close while staff isolate with symptoms.