Bedford Academy has temporarily closed its doors and removed to remote learning after experiencing a significant number of cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) across their wider school community.
In a statement to the Bedford Independent, headteacher, Chris Deller, said: “I regret that we find ourselves in this position.
“However, it is essential that we break this concerning level of infection transmission and focus on the wellbeing and health of the families in our local community.”
The school says that the closure comes despite stringent cleaning procedures, extended use of face masks for both students and staff and ongoing education regarding hygiene.
“We have been unable to control the rapid spread of the virus,” added a spokesperson.
In-depth discussions with The Department for Education, Department for Health and Social Care, Public Health England and Bedford Borough Council yesterday, took place yesterday (Thursday).
The school will now move to remote learning for one week, starting on Monday 24 May in an attempt to to control the breakout.
Exams still on site
“Clearly, this is not a decision that has been taken lightly or without due consideration,” said a spokesperson.
“The Senior Leadership team have worked in partnership with Public health England over the last few weeks to ensure every strategy to lower the rate of infection has been exhausted.”
HEART Academies Trust is helping provide a laptop to every student so they can access remote lessons.
Exams are still scheduled to take place on the school site under exam conditions.
School places for parents who are key workers and vulnerable children will also still be available and families eligible for free school meals will be issued vouchers.