The affected students at Thomas’s Battersea were said to have returned from a skiing trip in Italy. Four children have been quarantined. It comes as Britain has been hit by coronavirus fears with dozens of schools affected. Archbishop Temple School in Preston, Lancs, Trinity Catholic College in Middlesbrough; Tudor Grange Academy Kingshurst, Birmingham; Lime Academy Watergall in Bretton, Peterborough were among those which closed down.
Spanish magazine Vanitatis reported on Wednesday how the small group of youngsters at Thomas’s are believed to have recently returned from virus-hit Italy.
The magazine reported the four children are displaying symptoms associated with coronavirus, however this has not been confirmed by the school itself.
The publication said this has been confirmed by parents of pupils at the exclusive school.
A spokesperson for St Thomas’s Battersea said: “Like all schools, we are taking very seriously the potential risks related to the spread of Covid-19 and to this end we are following the Government’s instructions to the letter on infection prevention and case management in which it is suspected that some staff member or students exposed to the virus or showing any symptoms.
“We currently have a very small number of students who have been evaluated and these individuals currently, according to the Government Council, remain in their homes waiting to receive the results of their exams.
“All parents have been informed and we have maintained regular communication with our school community to ensure that councils are shared and important information circulated.
“Of course, we will preserve the confidentiality of staff and students, and we will not comment on specific cases. “
George is a Year 2 pupil at the school while Charlotte is in Reception.
The six-year-old prince and Charlotte, four, spent last week enjoying their half-term break.
The pair spent time at their family home in Norfolk – Anmer Hall.
At least 15 schools were closed and more than 26 others sent pupils home or ordered students to remain in quarantine for 14 days.
Despite calls from Health Secretary Matt Hancock for classrooms to remain open, headteachers took urgent action.
Archbishop Temple School in Preston, Lancs was among those which closed down yesterday.
The secondary school shut at midday yesterday and special buses laid on to take pupils home and the school will not open its doors again until next week.
Trinity Catholic College in Middlesbrough; Tudor Grange Academy Kingshurst, Birmingham; Lime Academy Watergall in Bretton, Peterborough; Burford School, Oxfordshire and private Cransley School in Northwich, Cheshire have also been shut down for the week and are not due to resume lessons until next Monday.
Lutton St Nicholas primary school in Lincolnshire is due to reopen today (Thurdsay) while Gedney Church End primary school, Spalding, Lincs will remain closed until Friday.
St Christopher’s C of E High School in Accrington, Lancs was also shut yesterday while the sixth form at Brine Leas Academy in Cheshire was closed due to staff shortages.
William Martin Junior and Infant School in Harlow, Essex and The ContinU Plus Academy in Kidderminster, Worcs along with Shepeau Stow Primary School, in Spalding, Lincs, and St Peter’s Church of England Middle School, Old Windsor were also closed.
But a school in Swansea ignored pleas from parents to shut down after a class returned from a ski trip to Italy with pupils told that they still have to come in unless they have the flu.
Secondary school Cleeve Park, in Sidcup, south-east London also remained open yesterday despite some of its pupils and staff reporting “feeling unwell” after returning from a school ski trip to Bormio, in northern Italy on Saturday.
The school announced it has advised an unspecified number of pupils and staff to isolate themselves at home, but allowed others from the trip attend.
Pupils and staff at music mogul Simon Cowell’s former school have been asked to self-isolate after four students became unwell following a skiing trip to northern Italy.
A spokesman for LVS Ascot in Berkshire, where fees for boarders are more than £30,000 a year, said the 32 students and five staff have been told to stay home for two weeks.
All Hallows Catholic School and Sixth Form in Farnham, Surrey, has been closed until Monday, March 2.
Additional reporting by Richard Palmer and David Pilditch.
Pupils sent home or told to self isolate
- Salendine Nook High School, Huddersfield
- Newquay Tretherras, Newquay
- The Holt School, Wokingham
- Cambridge House Grammar School, County Antrim
- Penair School, Truro
- Torquay Boys’ Grammar School
- Haverfordwest High School, Pembrokeshire
- Hall Cross Academy, Doncaster
- Sandbach High School, Cheshire
- The Crispin School, Somerset
- Cleeve Park School, London (Sidcup)
- Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School in West Derby
- Woodrush High School in Wythall, Birmingham
- Guernsey Grammar School
- Sydney Russel School in Dagenham
- Ysgol Friars School in Bangor, Wales
- Banbridge Academy in Northern Ireland
- Limavady Grammar School in Northern Ireland
- Ely College in Cambridgeshire
- Lady Elenor Holles, Hampton
- Billericay School, Essex
- LVS Ascot
- Ashcroft Technology Academy, Putney
- King Edward VI Five Ways School, Birmingham
- King’s School, Gloucester
- Trentham Academy, Stoke-on-Trent