YEAR 9 pupils at a Redditch secondary school have been sent home and advised to self-isolate after a positive Covid-19 case was identified.

RSA Academy Arrow Vale, on Green Sward Lane, will remain open for all other year groups at the school.

A letter from the school, read by The Advertiser, has been shared by school parents on social media.

It said: “We have been advised by Public Health that there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 within Year 9.

"Whilst we have been told the risk to others remains low, as a precaution, on the advice provided by a senior practitioner from Public Health and following our own risk assessment, we have taken the decision to close the Year 9 bubble.

"We remain open for the rest of the school.

“In line with the national guidance and our own risk assessment, we recommend that your child now stays at home and self-isolates until returning to school on Monday 21st September 2020.

"This will represent 14 days since the confirmed case was last in school.

“At the end of the 14-day period of self-isolation, if your child is well, they can return to usual activities.”

Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health for Worcestershire said: “An individual from Arrow Vale RSA Academy has tested positive for Covid-19.

"This case was quickly identified, and the school is being supported by Public Health.

"All recommended measures are in place to protect the school and avoid 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.”