School in Redbridge forced to close for two weeks after Covid cases confirmed

A Redbridge academy school has been forced to shut down entirely for two weeks due to confirmed coronavirus cases.

Newbridge School, a special school with two campuses in Goodmayes and Chadwell Heath, closed to all pupils and staff on September 24.

The school’s website states the decision to close until October 8 was taken on “advice from Public Health England’s Coronavirus Response team”.

At Redbridge Council’s education scrutiny committee on September 29, director of education Colin Stewart said the school closed “as a precaution after positive tests in two different classes”.

He added: “All other schools are at least partly open. One of our schools has four cases in four year groups and another has three in three year groups.

“Schools in Redbridge are phenomenally resilient and their ability to adapt is just really awesome to watch.”

In order to demonstrate “how much physical work” was required, he said one deputy head had walked 25,000 steps in one day while working at their school, according to their pedometer.

A request for comment from the school’s trust Astrum was redirected to Redbridge Council.

A council spokesperson said: “Following advice from Public Health England, Newbridge School closed as a precaution for 14 days to all pupils and staff. The closure came into effect on Thursday, September 24.

“The school has followed advice from Public Health England and will take all necessary steps to prepare for the return of pupils and staff at the end of the precautionary self-isolation period.”

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Victoria Munro

Local Democracy Reporter