A STUDENT from SGS Berkeley Green UTC has been confirmed as having Covid 19.

They were tested on Saturday and have not returned to the UTC since receiving the diagnosis. .

A spokeswoman for the college said: "We appreciate this will cause some concern but want to reassure learners, parents and staff that we have stringent safety processes in place to minimise the spread of COVID, in line with government recommendations for educational settings.

"We are working very closely with the Department for Education, adhering to their advice following the learner’s test result.

"Public Health England has instructed that we send home students from the relevant bubble to self-isolate for a fortnight.

"At the UTC, students in years 10 and 11 form one bubble and have been sent home.

"The bubble operates within a pre-defined zone so lessons for the majority of post-16 students are able to continue safely on site.

"Some post-16 students have, however, been on the same bus as the relevant bubble and they too are being asked to self-isolate.

"We will closely monitor the situation, and notify learners, parents and staff should this advice change.

"We will continually work closely with Public Health England, the Department for Education and NHS test and trace should any new cases come to light."

For more information, please visit https://academytrust.sgscol.ac.uk/sgs-berkeley-green-utc or email office@berkeleygreenutc.org.uk