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Samuel Ward Academy headteacher Andy Hunter reveals 46 teachers are awaiting coronavirus test results

Almost fifty teachers at Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill are awaiting coronavirus test results.

The school was closed on Monday after eight members of staff tested positive for the virus.

It remained closed today while a deep clean was carried out.

Samuel Ward Academy headteacher Andy Hunter
Samuel Ward Academy headteacher Andy Hunter

Andy Hunter, headteacher at the school, told Nicky Campbell on Radio 5 Live this morning that 46 teachers have been tested and are awaiting results.

The school has asked 115 pupils, in Years 7 and 10, to self-isolate as a precaution.

Speaking yesterday,Mr Hunter said: “The safety of our staff, students and their families is paramount.

"We had worked hard to put in place all the measures suggested by Government guidance in preparation for the new school year.

"We are all disappointed by these incidents and the understandable but regrettable decision to close the school temporarily."

Matt Hancock, health secretary and Haverhill's MP, described the situation as 'worrying'.

"The outbreak of Covid-19 at Samuel Ward is worrying for everyone at the school," he said.

"The safety of pupils and teachers is, of course, the top priority. I want to thank staff at the school, the public health team at Suffolk County Council and Public Health England who are working hard to keep people safe, and to ensure that after the closure for a deep clean of the school, we can stop the spread of the virus and that pupils will be able to return to lessons.

"Everyone is taking this matter extremely seriously, and I am confident that there are robust and effective measures in place at the school to keep everyone safe."

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