St John's Marlborough is the latest school in Wiltshire to be hit by a coronavirus scare.

On Tuesday evening, the school published a Tweet that informed parents the school would be closed due to one isolated positive coronavirus case.

The tweet read: "Due to an isolated positive Covid case just confirmed by NHS Test & Trace, St John’s will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday October 21.

"Parents will be contacted by email and text message this evening and relevant students will be contacted with further information on Wednesday."

Today, a spokeswoman said: "Further to our announcement last night that St John’s would be closed to students on Wednesday October 21, we can now confirm that St John’s Marlborough has had one staff member test positive for COVID-19, receiving the results yesterday.

"Principal Mr Ian Tucker decided to close the school while completing the risk assessment as a precautionary measure.

"St John’s and Wiltshire's Public Health team have reviewed all the school’s procedures and are confident that no close contacts have been identified at the school, so no additional staff or students are required to self-isolate.

"As it is the end of term St John’s will not be re-opening today but we are allowing students back to collect coursework over the course of today, in readiness for the half term period."

These are the other schools with children self-isolating across Wiltshire - released by Wiltshire Council last night.
Christ the King Primary – 29 pupils affected (Years 4 and 5)

Corsham Primary – 31 pupils (Year 2)

Dauntseys School – 235 pupils (Year 7, 11 and 12)

John of Gaunt – 171 pupils (Year 11)

Kingsbury Green, Calne, 150 (Year 8)

Malmesbury School – Two pupils (Year 9 )

North Bradley – 29 pupils in (Year 4)

Ramsbury Primary – 25 pupils in (Year 5)

Sheldon School – 31 pupils in (Years 10 and 13)

Warminster School – 108 pupils (Years 8,9,10, 13)

Wellington Academy – 155 pupils (Year 10)

Wellington Primary – 56 pupils (Year 1)

Westbury Leigh – 57 pupils (Year 1)

Wiltshire College Lackham – 19 Students

Wootton Bassett Infants School - 20 students (Year 1)

In the South West, there were over 493 cases per 100,000 of population - for the whole of the pandemic - up to October 18

This week, Public Health England echoed calls for people to take the rise in cases seriously.

Professor Debra Lapthorne, regional director of public health, and Mike Wade, deputy director of health protection at Public Health England South West said: "In our fight against Covid-19, we are at a crucial point which is similar to where we were in March.

Earlier in the year we were fighting a semi-invisible disease, about which we had little knowledge, and it seeded in the community at great speed. We now know where it is and how to tackle it – let’s all grasp this opportunity and prevent history from repeating itself.