Pupils at a Burntwood school have been told they will to remain at home after a case of coronavirus was confirmed.

Chase Terrace Academy. Picture: Google Streetview

Year 9 students at Chase Terrace Academy were told to stay away in a letter sent out to parents yesterday (15th September).

Executive headteacher Stuart Jones said the measure was being taken until further advice was received.

“The student concerned developed symptoms in the evening of 9th September and was tested on Sunday. The student has been at home since Thursday.

From the information that we have, it would seem that the infection was as a result of indirect transmission from a person not connected with the school, who has also tested positive.

“We are grateful to the family involved for the responsible action they have taken and the timely communication with the school.

“We have, of course, followed correct procedure in contacting Public Health England, but await a response from them in terms of specific guidance, given the particular circumstances of this situation.

“In the interim, as the student was in school during the period before the onset of symptoms, we have decided that the most prudent measure would be to ask all students in Year 9 to self-isolate at home until we have further information and guidance.”

Stuart Jones, Chase Terrace Academy

Mr Jones said work would be sent out for those students who could not return to class do complete from home, but said pupils may face differing periods of time away from school.

“While the default period of time for self-isolation is 14 days, this may not be necessary for all students in the year group bubble.

“We will clarify and advise as soon as we are able to do so with confidence.

“Anyone else who we have good reason to believe was in close contact with this student will also be asked to self-isolate.”

Stuart Jones, Chase Terrace Academy


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  1. We received a message from the friary that a student had tested positive, although clearly their year group/class could not be named for privacy reasons. So it’s two for two weeks, thank the lord they brought in the rule of six just in time. Don’t forget they voted for themselves to not have to be in Westminster due to concerns over group transmission!

  2. The Friary haven’t isolated ANY of the teachers who taught the student who has tested positive. Most haven’t been wearing facemasks or visors (nor have most of the kids due to peer pressure) This is a clusterbomb waiting to go off.

  3. Just 5 days of education and the whole of Year 9 is now back at home. Hopefully these year-wide “bubbles” can be fined l slimmed down, else this will play absolute havoc with education for our future generation.

    Home learning just isn’t the same. No live lessons, no live interaction with teachers.

  4. Just a response to Harry’s on-going comments about The Friary. It is always dangerous to report ‘facts’ without knowing them.

    Fact – We have sent a teacher home to isolate on our case.
    Fact – Our approach to face masks is the same as the other secondary schools in the Lichfield & Burntwood District.

    As always, check the true details on the website. Alternatively, contact the school directly.

    Is Covid in schools a “clusterbomb” ? It is likely to get worse in the weeks and months ahead, but this won’t be down to The Friary not following government guidance, and it won’t be helped by circulating uninformed rumours.

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