A PRIMARY school has closed following a confirmed case of Covid-19.

Brompton Community Primary School, near Northallerton, has announced it has closed for a short period to protect the school community.

Cllr Patrick Mulligan, executive member for education and skills said: “We hope that those affected enjoy a speedy recovery. The school is expectedly to open as quickly as possible and arrangements have been made for pupils to continue their education at home for this period.

“Brompton is one of a handful of schools in North Yorkshire which have had to close since the beginning of this school year out of nearly 1,000 education settings in North Yorkshire, which include academies, independent schools, further education colleges and early years settings. "Our schools remain very safe places. We take swift action whenever there are cases of Covid-19 in schools and work with Public Health colleagues to ensure transmission is quickly contained.

“We work very closely with educational settings to keep schools Covid-secure and this is proving effective. Most Covid cases are brought into school, contracted between households and through social contact, rather than transmission in school. Swift action in isolating the individuals involved means in-school transmission is largely prevented.

“Schools are safe places for children to be and it is very important that children and young people are able to continue with their learning among their peers.”