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Hundreds of people asked to take Covid tests after 178 pupils at one Haverhill school go into isolation




A mobile Covid testing unit will be operating over the weekend in Haverhill to allow pupils and their families to be tested after a rise in the number of cases at one of the town's schools.

Talks between Suffolk County Council, Public Health England and Westfield Primary Academy have resulted in the arrangement being put in place after three whole school year bubbles have had to be closed this week because of the outbreak.

Toni Kittle, headteacher at Westfield Primary Academy, explained: “We can confirm that we have had to close our Year 5 class bubble today after closing our Year 3 and 4 bubbles earlier this week due to positive Covid tests.

The sign at the entrance to Westfield Primary Academy. (47181541)
The sign at the entrance to Westfield Primary Academy. (47181541)

"The school has had a total of 17 positive tests over the last fortnight and 178 pupils and 12 staff members isolating.

“The school has written to all children and families in the other five year groups and asked them to get a Covid-19 PCR test at the mobile centre in Meadows Car Park, Haverhill, between now and Sunday.

“We have received amazing support from our families and it is important that we act quickly and vigilantly at this time to address the issue and also provide reassurance to our school community.

Army officers at the Covid-19 mobile testing unit when it was first set up in The Meadows car park in Haverhill in March 2020. Picture by Steve Barton
Army officers at the Covid-19 mobile testing unit when it was first set up in The Meadows car park in Haverhill in March 2020. Picture by Steve Barton

“Our staff have also been exceptional by going above and beyond to ensure a comprehensive home schooling programme has begun alongside teaching in the classroom.

“We have held meetings with colleagues at Unity Schools Partnership as well as Public Health England and Suffolk County Council and we are grateful for all their assistance.”

As of this morning, every single available appointment at the unit in The Meadows car park on Saturday and Sunday has been filled.

Up until last week, the school had not had any positive Covid cases since the pandemic began more than one year ago.

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