Corby school forced to shut to all infants after Covid outbreak

Studfall Infants is one of a number of schools in Corby hit by high rates

Saturday, 20th March 2021, 6:22 pm
Studfall Infants. File picture: JPI Media.

A Corby school has had to close its doors to all reception and Key Stage One pupils after staff tested positive for Covid.

Studfall Infant Academy in Rowlett Road announced today (Saturday, March 20) that it will be shut on Monday to all children, including those with keyworker parents, because of the number of staff that have tested positive for Covid or are isolating.

Then later this afternoon, the school was forced to announce that year four will also be shut to all pupils following the confirmation of further cases.

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Corby has one of the highest Covid rates in the country and Studfall, part of the Greenwood Academies Trust, is one of several across the town that had positive cases in the past week. Last Monday the school had to close its reception class for two weeks after an outbreak.

A message to parents from headteacher Louise McGeachie this lunchtime said: “The infant building has had to close due to a high number of staff either testing positive or having to isolate.

“Due to everyone's safety - the building is completely closed and not open for keyworkers.”

Studfall Junior Academy remains open

Dedicated teachers have also sent messages to their pupils telling them that they will be able to access remote learning from Monday.

Schools in England returned after an extended lockdown two weeks ago. In Gretton, pupils were not able to return because eight staff recorded positive lateral flow tests.