More than half of a school year group has been forced to self isolate as 11 Covid-19 cases are recorded.

Leaders at Westcliff High School for Girls say they didn't take the decision lightly and there is no evidence of cross infection to other year groups.

In a letter to parents Dr Paul Hayman Headteacher said: "I am writing to let you know that I have made the decision to ask Year 13 students to remain at home for the next two weeks. During this time remote learning will take place using Google Classroom and some video lessons. 

"This decision has not been an easy one, but we now have a situation whereby more than 50% of the year group are having to self-isolate. This means that teaching and learning cannot be carried out in an effective way with some pupils on site while also providing remote learning to others. 

"We have looked at all aspects of infection control at school and are satisfied that these have been carried out effectively. Through tracing contacts, it appears that a significant source of the infection being transmitted can be linked to a gathering beyond school. 


"During the next two weeks all the pupils will follow their normal timetable, and work will be submitted to teachers through Google Classroom. Any tests due to take place in the next two weeks have been postponed until the year group can return to school. 

"The year group (Year 13) forms one bubble and there is no evidence of cross infection to other year groups.

"We believe that by this period of remote teaching we can stem the transmission of infection and teach at the optimum level for the maximum number of students. 

"The need for the period of remote learning will be reviewed in ten days and adjusted as necessary. At this time “Hands, Face, Space” seems appropriate!"