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Breaking News ! A total of 25 schools have had to order students and staff to self-isolate since the Winter 2020/21 school term began in September. So far in November, a large number of pupils and staff have went into self-isolation at Bulmershe School in Woodley, which has seen dozens of pupils and Year 9 sent home from school. Years 8 and 9 at The Wren School in Reading were told to work from home for a week after fellow pupils tested positive. These measures have been taken while Berkshire is in lockdown. Although all non-essential shops, pubs, restaurants and public religious services were closed on November 5, schools have remained open. Sign up for BerkshireLive's newsletter It's never been more important to stay in touch with the news, so subscribe now to the BerkshireLive newsletter. Every morning, seven days a week, we'll deliver the biggest stories from across the county straight to your inbox. So you won't miss a thing. How do I sign up? It's free, easy and takes no time at all. All you need to do is type your email address into the 'sign up to our newsletter' box - found at the top of this article as well as on any stories on the websites. A Dad who has a child at Maiden Erlegh School in Earley has slammed the decision to keep schools open during lockdown, calling them a 'breeding ground' for coronavirus. Also, a petition calling on schools to close in order to 'save Christmas' has gathered 36,896 signatures. Some schools have had to take action on separate occasions after pupils or teachers have tested positive weeks or even months apart. Here is the list of schools we can confirm have had positive cases, broken down by area: Reading The Wren School Staff and pupils have gone into self-isolation since a member of teaching staff tested positive on Sunday, November 8. The following Monday, the school was closed to all year groups except Year 7. Year 8 and 9 were asked to engage in remote learning for the duration of that week. The school was then informed that a Year 8 pupil had tested positive on Wednesday, November 11. Due to a lack of teaching staff, Year 11s were asked only to attend school if they have a mock exam. This policy was begun on Monday, November 16 and will last until Friday, November 27. Put your postcode in below to see how many coronavirus cases there have been in your area On November 20, teaching times were adapted for year groups, to be implemented from November 23 to the Christmas Holidays. Year 11 and 12 students have been offered an independent study space in school until 3.15pm each day which they can choose to use. A joint statement from Principal John Salberg and Nicky Edmonson, CEO of Excalibur Academies Trust said: "We understand that this is a significant change and will impact you and your family. "We apologise for any difficulty that this brings but we must act to ensure that your child receives the best possible learning experience in a safe environment. "If these changes will cause significant challenges for you, please do speak with us to see how we can support you." Maiden Erlegh School in Reading (Image: Google Maps) Maiden Erlegh School in Reading Measures have been taken on at least two occasions at this school since term began in September. Shortly after term began, the council confirmed that a pupil or a member of staff had tested positive at this secondary school in Crescent Road. Then, on Thursday, October 8, it was reported that a Year 10 pupil had tested positive. The Abbey School The elite girls school in Reading confirmed that a member of its school community had tested positive for COVID-19. However, the person affected was not in attendance at school during the infectious period. At the time of the report, the school's headteacher Will le Fleming reminded parents, guardians and pupils that the school was still open and welcome to those who felt well enough to attend. Katesgrove Primary School In September, a whole class bubble was told to self-isolate after a pupil tested positive. St Mary's and All Saints CofE Primary School One pupil tested positive at this school in September. As a result, them and two fellow pupils went into self-isolation. Earley (Image: Get Reading) Maiden Erlegh School, Earley The secondary school in Silverdale Road has had to take measures on separate occasions after positive tests months apart. On Friday, September 25, a total of 430 pupils were told to stay at home after four confirmed cases among staff. Then, more than 200 pupils, the whole of Year 11, was told to self-isolate after five pupils tested positive, reported on Friday, November 13. Additionally, 15 teachers have been sheltering and delivering lessons from home. Earley St Peter's Church of England Primary School A pupil at the primary school tested positive in a case reported on Thursday, November 12. The school contacted Public Health England -and accounting for that advice- neither pupils or staff have been told to self-isolate, as "the child had not been in school for 48 hours prior to becoming symptomatic". Woodley Bulmershe School in Woodley has told staff to and entire year groups to stay home (Image: Google Maps) The Bulmershe School Teaching staff, pupils and the entirety of Year 9 at Bulmershe School are self-isolating after a number pupils and teachers have tested positive. Letters to parents and guardians have been sent throughout November.
. The following day, the school was informed that a Year 10 pupil had also tested positive. In October, a member of teaching staff went into self isolation (parents were informed on October 12).
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On November 8, it was reported that another member of teaching staff had tested positive. Then, on November 11, the school announced a Year 7 pupil and three Year 9 pupils had gone into isolation after testing positive - on that day, a total of 37 pupils were ordered into self-isolation for 14 days. The following day, the school informed parents a further nine students were in self-isolation after one positive case in Year 9 and two members of teaching staff tested positive. By November 14, the school decided to send the entirety of Year 9 home after a further positive case was recorded in that year group - 15 people had been identified as being in close contact with that pupil. Two days later, the school informed parents that two students from Year 9 and one pupil from Year 7 had tested positive - two of the pupils were already in self-isolation.
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On November 18, 21 Year 7 students went into self-isolation after one classmate tested positive. And a total of 14 pupils are self-isolating from the Bulmershe School after one Year 7 pupil tested positive on November 19. The school remains open for years 7,8,10,11,12 and 13. Slough Iqra Primary School Two full class bubbles went into self-isolation at Iqra Primary School after pupils from separate classes tested positive for coronavirus. An email sent to parents and guardians from the school in Wexham Road read: "The children who have been in close contact with the individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that they must stay at home for 14 days."
Penn Wood Primary and Nursery School in Penn Road, Slough
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Penn Wood Primary and Nursery School At Penn Wood, a Year 1 pupil went into self-isolation after testing positive in September. The pupil was not at school during their infectious period, therefore fellow pupils were exposed to coronavirus and no contacts within the school have been identified. A reception pupil also tested positive for coronavirus at the school, with parents and guardians being informed on Saturday, October 10. The children that had been in close contact with the pupil who has tested positive were told to self-isolate for 14 days. Western House Academy 87 pupils from the Year Three bubble were told to stay at home after one of them returned a positive test. Additionally, Slough Borough Council told BerkshireLive that people at the following schools have been self-isolating after COVID-19 cases: Beechwood School Upton Grammar The Westgate Slough and Eton Church of England Business & Enterprise College Bracknell Forest
Edgbarrow School in Crowthorne
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Edgbarrow School Edgbarrow School in Crowthorne has had separate incidents of coronavirus. Early in September, a pupil and any other school members they came into contact with were told to self-isolate. Then, on October 8, the whole of Year 10 was told to not come into school as a precaution after a pupil in the year group tested positive. Stuart Matthews, the school's headteacher, said: "I have this evening been made aware of a positive case of coronavirus in Year 10. "We have not had time to track and contact those students who may have been in close contact. "As a precaution and to limit the potential of close contacts attending school, we will be closed to all Year 10 students tomorrow, Friday, October 9. Work will be set online." Sandhurst School The secondary school in Sandhurst had a confirmed case of coronavirus reported on Tuesday, September 22. The person, and any others they had come into contact with, were invited to return to the school after at least two weeks. In Bracknell itself, positive cases were recorded at the Sixth Forms of the following schools: Brakenhale School Garth Hill College West Berkshire Theale Green A pupil and those they came into contact with went into self-isolation after a confirmed case of coronavirus at the secondary school in Theale. Kennet School A total of 20 pupils were told to stay home after news one pupil had tested positive at Kennet School in September. Garlands Junior School At Garlands, an unspecified but small number of pupils were told to self-isolate after a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the school in Burghfield Common. St Bartholomews The whole Year 12 group was told to self-isolate after a student tested positive for COVID-19. Then, in October, the school notified parents and guardians that there were four confirmed cases of coronavirus among pupils at the school. Maidenhead Furze Platt Senior School A sixth former at the school in Furze Platt Road was told to stay home and any who came into contact with them went into self-isolation after a report of the case on Friday, September 11. Manor Green School A total of 19 pupils were told to self-isolate at The Manor Green Special Educational Needs School in Maidenhead in early September. At the time, Headteacher Joolz Scarlett told BerkshireLive that parents had been given the option to continue home schooling if they preferred. If you are a school who would like to inform BerkshireLive of coronavirus measures, or know of confirmed cases at a Berkshire school, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
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