We have been sent a statement from Anita Cranmer, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, as follows:
“A group of young people and some family members have tested positive for Covid-19 over the last few days, some of whom are pupils at the same school, Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School in Marlow. These cases are all linked and were acquired abroad during the school holidays. All households are now self-isolating having been contacted by test and trace staff.
The school is clean and safe to return to and there will be a staggered start to the school year with the older students returning slightly later to allow pupils to complete the self-isolation period. Public Health England are actively investigating these cases and have traced contacts to ensure that they are aware of the need to self-isolate.
There should be no cause for wider alarm and the advice to all Buckinghamshire residents remains the same; please protect yourselves and others by observing social distancing rules, staying at home if told to do so by Test and Trace and most importantly, get tested if you start showing symptoms of Covid-19.
We thank the children and families involved for their vigilance and quick action in isolating and would urge any other Buckinghamshire residents to do the same, should any member of the household develop coronavirus symptoms or if you think you may have been in close contact with someone who’s tested positive“
Kay Mountfield , Headteacher at Borlase also confirmed to MyMarlow:
“I would like to confirm that the school is safe and clean and looking forward to welcoming our students back to school. We were informed promptly that the students had voluntarily tested on returning from holiday and given the results so that we could put all appropriate measures in place. Any student needing to self-isolate is doing so. The cases are confined within the households of the travelling group.We encourage families to always share information with schools as this has been very helpful in enabling our school to stay safe and ready to open. “