TWO positive cases of coronavirus have been reported at a Winchester secondary school, causing a small number of pupils to isolate.

Kings’ School told parents on Thursday that an individual has tested positive for Covid-19 - it is the second school in the city to register a case in just over a week.

On May 4 St Bede informed the school’s community that a person had contracted the virus.

Hampshire County Council’s website says that another case was confirmed at Kings’ on May 10.

A school spokesperson said: "Two individuals at this school have tested positive for Covid-19 and are self-isolating.

"The school has taken advice from Public Health and, as a result, a number of other members of the school community are self-isolating due to being identified as a contact of one or other of the cases. Any students who are self-isolating are continuing to receive a high quality of education, remotely.

"In the meantime, the school is fully open as usual. For reasons of confidentiality, we are unable to provide any further details."

In a letter to parents on Thursday, headteacher Dr James Adams said: "We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the school.

“We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (Covid-19) will be a mild illness.

“The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 10 days.

“The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.”