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Student tests positive for Covid-19 at a school in Haverhill and in Linton




Secondary schools in Haverhill and Linton have instructed scores of students to self-isolate for two weeks after one student at each school tested positive for Covid-19.

Castle Manor Academy and Linton Village College have both had a single student in Year 11 test positive for the virus.

Both schools acted quickly to inform parents of the positive tests by letter and ensure that the students that had been in contact with the individual that tested positive were traced and asked to self-isolate.

The entrance to Castle Manor Academy. Picture by Steve Barton
The entrance to Castle Manor Academy. Picture by Steve Barton

Vanessa Whitcombe, headteacher at Castle Manor Academy, said: “We can confirm that the school has had a positive test for Covid-19 amongst the student body and have notified 54 students to isolate until Wednesday 7th October.

“The increase in cases across the country has meant that we have been well prepared and we wish the student a very speedy recovery.

“We have worked this morning through our tracing procedure and have been able to efficiently identify students who are impacted.

Castle Manor Academy headteacher Vanessa Whitcombe
Castle Manor Academy headteacher Vanessa Whitcombe

“All other students are able to come to school, including siblings of those asked to isolate.

“We have had a really strong start to the term and are learning every day about what it is to be in a school during these times.

“Our community has been so supportive and we look forward to continuing to work with students to support them through their remote learning before welcoming them back on Wednesday 7th October.”

Linton Village College executive principal Helena Marsh
Linton Village College executive principal Helena Marsh

Following the positive test for the student at Linton Village College, a Cambridgeshire County Council spokesperson said: “We can confirm we have been notified of a positive test result at Linton Village College.

“The affected person is isolating, as are those who were identified as having been in close contact with the confirmed person.

“We are working with the school and it remains open and safe for all other children and staff.”

The positive Covid tests at the two schools came in the same month that Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill saw nine members of its teaching support staff test positive for the virus.

The situation led to the school having to close completely from September 7-8 and then have year groups in school on a rota system for the next eight academic days.

The school also had to tell 24 teaching staff in total and about 130 students from Years 7 and 10 to self-isolate for 14 days but did reopen fully on September 21.

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