Pupils at a grammar school has tested positive for coronavirus.

In a letter to parents at Westcliff High School for Girls in Southend, headteacher, Paul Hayman confirmed that pupils who had tested positive have been on the site.

The school has now closed any areas these pupils have been to be deep cleaned.

The letter seen by the Echo says: "At school we have had positive tests involving students who have been on site. We have followed all the instructions from the DfE about identifying close contacts and they are now self-isolating.

"We are in close contact with Public Health England (East) who are providing guidance at this time.

"We are closing any areas where these pupils have been until they have been deep cleaned.

"We appreciate that students may feel aggrieved at being sent home at this time. Please can you emphasise to them that this is a precaution for everyone’s safety.

"I am sure no one will have deliberately sought to become infected and then come into school."