A secondary school has closed to a second of its year groups following a confirmed case of coronavirus.

Longfield Academy, in Darlington, has advised Year 9 pupils to stay at home and self-isolate until Monday, October 5.

This follows a positive test result to a pupil in Year 8, earlier this month, with the whole year group being sent home to isolate until Monday, September 28.

Headteacher Nick Lindsay said: “We have carried out a full risk assessment and taken advice from Public Health England regarding the course of action and the precautions we need to take.

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“On this basis, we have been advised that Year 9 pupils are required to stay at home and self-isolate until Monday, October 5; when they will be expected to return to school.”

Years 7, 10 and 11 will continue to attend the school as usual, with Year 8 returning on Monday, September 28, as planned.

Parents were informed of the decision this morning, with Year 9 pupils being allowed home as soon as safe arrangements could be made with families.