Some pupils told not to go to a secondary school in Kibworth this week amid a 'rush' of Covid-19 cases

Pupils in Years 8 and 9 – aged from 11-14 - are being told to stay away following an outbreak in the village

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 1:03 pm
Updated Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 1:04 pm

Scores of pupils have been told not to go into a Harborough district secondary school this week amid a “rush” of Covid-19 cases among students and staff.

Pupils in Years 8 and 9 – aged from 11-14 - are being told to stay away from Kibworth Mead Academy following the outbreak in the village.

They will have to learn remotely at home until Friday.

Scores of pupils have been told not to go into a Harborough district secondary school this week amid a “rush” of Covid-19 cases among students and staff.
Scores of pupils have been told not to go into a Harborough district secondary school this week amid a “rush” of Covid-19 cases among students and staff.

And Year 11 students, who were in school last Thursday and Friday, are also being urged to self-isolate in a bid to stop the coronavirus spreading.

The school, which had gone 13 weeks without a positive case, is taking the action after holding urgent talks with Public Health England officials.

Principal Emma Merry has told parents and carers in a letter: “It is unfortunate to inform you that we have had a rush of positive Covid-19 cases reported to us across the community in Kibworth over the weekend that have affected a number of staff and students.

“Clearly these are challenging times for us all, particularly after a half term holiday and with public restrictions being lifted.”

She added: “We appreciate this will be frustrating and disappointing for you and your family.

“However, please be reassured this decision has not been taken lightly and live lessons and tutor activities and support will continue in line with your child’s timetable.

“This is such a shame when as a school and community we have done so well up until this point.

“However, I am sure you will understand how important it is to endeavour to try and keep everyone as safe as possible during such times.”

Keyworker and vulnerable children in the affected year groups can still attend the school – which has about 850 pupils altogether.