A number of students are self-isolating after cases of coronavirus were confirmed at two schools in Braintree.

Alec Hunter Academy confirmed a member of the school community had contracted the virus.

Parents were informed of the case via a letter from headteacher Mr Trevor Lawn.

The school remains open to pupils who have not been in contact with the individual.

The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days.

Mr Lawn said: "This is a timely reminder to the whole school community of the importance in adhering to social distancing guidelines, including outside of school, and the wearing of face masks.

"We continue to do everything we can, through the procedures we have put in place, to protect our school community during these times."

A second case has also been confirmed at Notley High School and Braintree Sixth Form.

The first case, involving a member of staff, does not require any students to self isolate.

However the second confirmed case involves a Year 11 student and students in the same bubble to stay home for 14 days.

The school also confirmed the cases via a letter.