A HEREFORDSHIRE primary school is set to close tomorrow due to the number of coronavirus cases.

St Mary's CE Primary School in Credenhill will close from Tuesday (November 23) until next Monday (November 29).


Herefordshire Council say it is a "circuit breaker closure due to Covid-19 transmission rates".

Across Herefordshire in the last seven days a total of 918 coronavirus cases have been record – a rate of 474.1 per 100,000 people.

In the latest seven-day localised figures released up until November 17 a total of 74 cases were recorded in the Credenhill, Weobley & Wellington area – a rise of 47 on the previous seven-day period.

The school said in a statement posted on its website: "As you are aware we have had a significant increase in Covid cases within school and as such had to close our Year 3 and Year 6 classes.

"We have worked tirelessly to ensure that we keep the children and staff as safe as possible during the current pandemic, but despite our best efforts to reduce the risk of transmission within school, and following notification of further cases today, we have received confirmation from the local authority and the acting cirector of Public Health Herefordshire (Dr Rebecca Howell-Jones) that the next course of action is for the school to close for a one-week period with immediate effect.

"We update Public Health England daily with the latest Covid-19 cases in school and they have risk-assessed and taken their decision from this data.

"The purpose of this break is to act as a ‘circuit breaker’ and cease the transmission of Covid-19 throughout the school. 

"As such the  school will be completely closed to all pupils (key worker places will not be available during this closure)."

The school will be closed from today (Monday, November 22, at 3.15pm) and will reopen on Tuesday, November 30 (breakfast club will be open). 

Children will move to online learning while the school is closed

The children will now move to on line learning and your class teachers will be in touch via Seesaw with further details.

The school says Public Health England have advised parents to complete do a lateral flow test for their children and themselves.

In the event of a positive test result, a confirmatory PCR test should then be booked. Results should then be emailed to the school.

All returning pupils are required to take a lateral flow test in the 24 hours before returning to school on Tuesday, November 30.