A PUPIL at Shoebury High School has tested positive for Covid-19.

The Southend East Community Academy Trust (SECAT) has announced that a small amount of year eight pupils are self-isolating as a result.

Ruth Brock, chief executive officer, said: "We have had a confirmed single Covid case of a child in year eight at Shoeburyness High School.

"We have planned for this contingency watching all the changing regulations. It is a situation that has been foreseen and very well planned for.

"As soon as we had notification, the headteacher was in communication with the Department for Education (DfE) who discussed the plans we had intended to put in place.

"The small year eight group of 12 students, have been asked to self-isolate as a precaution in line with guidance given by the Department for Education helpline.

"Other parents in the school have also been notified. We have also informed parents of all children in our other five schools, so that they are aware of the developing situation.

"Providing education for all our children is our primary purpose and we will continue to do that in our usual way."