DOZENS of staff and students have been sent into quarantine after three people tested positive at a secondary school.

Three members of the school community at The Gilberd, in Brinkley Lane, Colchester, have tested positive for Covid-19.

A total of 26 staff and students have been sent home to self-isolate for 14 days following the cases.

Headteacher Linda Exley said: “Three individuals at the Gilberd School have tested positive for Covid-19.

"From the moment we were informed of the positive tests, all processes and procedures advised by the Local Authority, Public Health England and the Department for Education were enacted.

“These were separate incidents which have resulted in 26 students and staff being sent home to self-isolate. We are closely monitoring the situation.

“The Gilberd School has given clear communication to parents about processes surrounding Covid-19.

"This includes the need for parents to confirm to schools as soon as possible about positive cases, so swift action can be taken to protect the school community and ensure the school can continue to remain open.

“Here at The Gilberd School the health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff is our primary concern.”