CHILDREN at a school near Bromsgrove have been sent home and told to self-isolate after someone tested positive for Covid-19 - just days after students returned.

It has been revealed a Year 7 class at Woodrush High School in Wythall is self-isolating for 14 days after someone tested positive for coronavirus - the first case identified this term in the county.

Dr Kathryn Cobain, director for Public Health for Worcestershire, declined to say whether it was a teacher or pupil.

She said: “An individual from Woodrush High School has tested positive for Covid-19. This case was quickly identified and the school is being supported by Public Health, additional measures have been put in place to protect the school and help minimise any further disruption.

"The bubble which the individual was in, is now self-isolating for 14 days in line with guidance and will continue their learning through remote access.”

The council confirmed all 243 schools in the county had returned by Monday (September 7) with early figures showing around 87 per cent of pupils were attending classes.

The provisional numbers do not yet paint the full picture as almost 60 schools had not yet submitted attendance figures to the Department for Education.

The council said 182 schools in the county – just under 75 per cent - had so far sent in the numbers.