A NORTH-EAST secondary school has taken the decision to close to one of its year groups following a confirmed case of coronavirus.

Longfield Academy, in Darlington, has advised Year 8 pupils to stay at home and self-isolate until Monday, September 28.

Head teacher 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.

“On this basis we have been advised that Year 8 pupils are required to stay at home and self-isolate until Monday 28th September; when they will be expected to return to school.”

Years 7, 9, 10 & 11 will continue to attend the school as usual.

Parents were informed of the decision this afternoon, with Year 8 pupils being allowed home as soon as safe arrangements could be made with families.