A HEREFORD school for children with special educational needs has undergone a deep clean as it gears up to reopen after a two-week closure due to coronavirus.

Blackmarston School in Honddu Close took the decision to close for two weeks after a number of Covid-19 cases were confirmed.

It has now undergone a deep clean, which saw a fogger used to disinfect all rooms at the school, ready for a planned reopening on Monday.

Hereford Times:

Mike Painter, headteacher at Blackmarston School, said: “The safety of the children that attend our school and their families is our highest priority.

"We are working closely with Public Health England and Herefordshire Public Health.  We have followed their detailed advice and have carried out a thorough deep clean of our facilities to ensure that the school is now safe to reopen.

"The staff and I look forward to welcoming our pupils back to our school on Monday, November 30."


In a letter to parents last week he said the school was first told of a positive case in a class on Wednesday, November 11, but the following day more cases were confirmed.

After discussions with Herefordshire Council and Public Health England a full closure was agreed.

He added: "We will continue to monitor any changes or infections that impact on different class bubbles over the coming days but at this time, we haven’t had to advise any further classes to self-isolate and we hope that this continues.

"As long as there is no significant change to infections at the school, our aim is to re-open the whole school again on Monday, November 30, but we will be in contact with a further update before then.

"We want you to feel safe, reassured and able to communicate with the school at all times, as this will help reduce anxiety and retain the goodwill and support of our community."