A STAFF member at Bradford Academy has tested positive for coronavirus after falling unwell during the first weekend of the school term.

In a letter to issued to parents/carers which was later published on the school's website, executive principal Tehmina Hashmi revealed the staff member had taught students in year 7 on Thursday and Friday last week.

The teacher reportedly "became unwell over the weekend" and was not in school this Monday (September 7).

The school said it has consulted Public Health England and was advised that "as the staff member was social distancing" the academy does not need to close.

The class's bubble will also remain open.

In the letter, Mrs Hashmi said: "I write to advise you that a member of Secondary staff at The Academy has been confirmed as testing positive for COVID-19.

"We have sought advice from Public Health England and as the staff member was social distancing whilst teaching the students in his classes, their advice is to keep the bubble open.

"The staff member taught students in Year 7 only on Thursday and Friday of last week.

"He became unwell over the weekend and was not in school on Monday 7th September.

"We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England.

"This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. The school remains open and your child should continue to attend if they remain well.

"If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared."

The most common symptoms of coronavirus are a recent onset of a new continuous cough, a high temperature and a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell.

For more information please visit the NHS website here.