CANFORD School have announced that the school is to move to remote learning due to the number of students self-isolating because of the positive cases among the student population.

Senior management at the school near Wimborne have agreed that students will revert back to homeschooling for the remaining two weeks of the summer term.

The school revealed on Monday that "a number of" pupils tested positive for the Covid-19 virus following their return to school from the half-term break.

A mobile PCR testing unit was on site at the school on Tuesday to offer easy access to tests for pupils and staff.

All staff and children who are close contacts of the cases have been advised to isolate for 10 days.

A spokesman for the school said: “The decision has been taken today by senior management at Canford School that pupils will move to remote learning for the remaining two weeks of the Summer Term, which ends on Friday July 2.

“A good number of pupils identified as close contacts of recent positive cases of Covid-19 are already learning remotely as they are in self-isolation in accordance with the Government guidance and procedures.

“Remote teaching has been very successful for the school throughout the pandemic and there will be seamless transition to full online learning. This decision will provide continuity of education for all pupils for the final two weeks of term.

“Throughout the Covid pandemic, Canford has worked closely with Public Health England and local health authorities, operating infection risk mitigation measures in close alignment with DFE guidance for schools including a focus on Hands, Face, Space, regular Lateral Flow testing and maintenance of year group bubbles where possible and appropriate.”