A HANDFUL of Year 6 students from a Dorset middle school are isolating after a Covid case was confirmed.

Thirteen students from Lockyer's Middle School in Corfe Mullen are isolating after two students tested positive for Covid-19 while doing routine lateral flow tests, one of whom then tested negative when doing a PCR test.

Mark Legge, headteacher of Lockyers Middle School in Corfe Mullen, said: "Two of our students received positive lateral flow test results for Covid late last week.

"However, when the PCR tests were taken only one was returned positive, which has led to 13 Year 6 students self-isolating for ten days.

"Throughout the pandemic all our protocols have worked well and the students have been extremely responsible."

Sam Crowe, director of public health for Dorset and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole councils said: "We are aware that a number of schools in Dorset have received confirmed cases of Covid-19. These schools are working closely with Public Health Dorset, Dorset Council and Public Health England South West to ensure that all necessary measures are being met.

"All close contacts of the confirmed cases have been notified and need to self-isolate for 10 days. Contacts of the confirmed cases should get a PCR test. Even if people test negative, they must still self-isolate for 10 days."