THIS week it was revealed that 70 schools in Worcestershire had sent children home to isolate due to coronavirus cases.

The newest schools to report closing 'bubbles' are Cherry Orchard Primary School, Nunnery Wood Primary School and Pitmaston Primary School.

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health for Worcestershire said: “An individual from Cherry Orchard Primary School has tested positive for COVID19.

"The case has been quickly identified, and the school is being supported by Public Health. Close contacts have been identified and traced, they are now also self-isolating for 14 days in line with guidance and will continue their learning through remote access.

“A number of individuals from Nunnery Wood Primary School have also tested positive for Covid-19.

“The cases have been quickly identified, and the school is being supported by Public Health. Additional measures have been put in place to protect the school and help minimise any further disruption.

“Our schools and educational settings are regularly updated with guidance on the steps to take if a pupil or member of staff has symptoms of Covid-19. All schools are following the protocols in place and isolating bubbles where appropriate.

"All schools across Worcestershire were required to undertake a risk assessment to prepare for opening for their first term in September. These assessments outline the way measures have been tailored to a schools individual environment to prevent whole bubbles being collapsed unnecessarily and allowing the school to remain open.”

Here’s a list of the Worcestershire educational institutions that we know of which have sent pupils and or staff home to isolate:

  • Bishop Perowne C Of E College, Worcester
  • Kings St Alban's, Worcester
  • The Chase, Malvern
  • Pinvin C of E First School, Pinvin
  • St Nicholas C of E Middle School, Pinvin
  • Perdiswell Primary School, Worcester
  • Droitwich Spa High School, Droitwich Spa
  • Regency High School, Worcester
  • St Augustine’s Catholic High School, Redditch
  • Arrow Vale Academy, Redditch
  • Burlish Park Primary, Stourport
  • HOW college, Bromsgrove
  • HOW college, Worcester
  • Stanley Road Primary School, Worcester
  • Northwick Manor Primary School, Worcester
  • RGS, Worcester
  • Tudor Grange, Worcester
  • Nunnery Wood High School, Worcester
  • The Chantry School, Martley, Worcester
  • Broadheath CE Primary School, Worcester
  • Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form, Worcester
  • South Bromsgrove High School, Bromsgrove
  • Ipsley CE RSA Academy, Redditch
  • Pebworth First School, Pebworth
  • Woodrush High School, Wythall
  • Millfields First School, Bromsgrove
  • Rigby Hall School, Bromsgrove
  • Crabbs Cross Academy, Redditch
  • Cherry Orchard Primary School, Worcester
  • Nunnery Wood Primary School, Worcester
  • Pitmaston Primary School, Worcester
  • Worcester Sixth Form, Worcester
  • The University of Worcester, Worcester