ANOTHER North-East school has sent home an entire year group after a pupil tested positive for Covid-19.

This afternoon, Mortimer Community College in South Shields announced that all Year 11 pupils would be sent home. 

The school said it was taking precautions, whilst working with agencies to determine who has been in close contact with the affected case.

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In a statement, the school said: "We have been informed of a confirmed case of one of our students in Year 11 who has tested positive for Covid-19.

"We have informed the relevant authorities, Public Health England, the local health protection team and the local authority.

"As a school, we have taken the precaution of sending Year 11 home today, whilst we work with these agencies to determine who has been in close contact.

"We will keep you informed and will be contacting individual families of students who may have been in close contact with the student."

In a later update, the school confirmed it had been told by Public Health England that siblings of other year groups do not need to isolate unless somebody in their household starts to display symptoms.