A DARLINGTON school has told an entire year group to self-isolate after a pupil tested positive for Covid-19.

Carmel College has told parents that all Year 11 pupils must self-isolate after being notified of the positive test over the weekend.

A spokesperson for the school said it had taken the 'precautionary measure' as it said all year groups are kept apart on site. 

The spokesperson said: “At the weekend we were informed of a confirmed COVID test of one of our Year 11 students. At Carmel all year groups are segregated on site.

"As Year 11 students have various lessons within forms, different sets and option subjects, we made the decision that all Year 11 should isolate as a precautionary measure.

"Learning for these students will continue, in line with their timetable, where every lesson is taught online via Teams, as we did throughout the lockdown period.”

It comes as St Leonard's School on North Road, and Framwellgate School, have become the latest schools in County Durham to tell parents of positive Covid cases.

In a letter sent to parents over the weekend, seen by The Northern Echo, St Leonard's confirmed it had seen a positive case.

It said: "Emails have been sent to parents outlining that we have a case of Covid-19. Year 11 & pupils on bus SL05 to self-isolate. All other pupils can return on Monday."

In a letter to parents with pupils at Framwellgate School, also seen by The Echo, the school also confirmed a positive case.

It said it had identified all those who had been in close contact with the affected individual, and said they were now self-isolating for 14 days.