A PUPIL at a Bradford sixth form has tested positive for coronavirus, it has been confirmed.

A year 12 student at Dixons Sixth Form Academy has contracted COVID-19, and a "very small number" of students who were in close contact with them are now self-isolating.

The news was confirmed in a letter sent to parents by the sixth form's principal, Mark Rothery.

Sir Nick Weller, Chief Executive of Dixons Academies Trust, said that its schools - which include Dixons Sixth Form Academy - all have a “very robust system of controls” in place, while detailed risk assessments have also been carried out at all of its sites.

He said: “In every case, we follow the instruction of Public Health as to what constitutes close contact, and who needs to self-isolate and who does not: that is a decision for health professionals, not for the academy.”

“We understand that this is an anxious time for families and we will continue to keep them informed whenever we have a case."

Dixons Sixth Form Academy is the latest place to be hit by the virus, after both primary and secondary schools across the district reported cases.

It comes after students returned to schools and sixth forms to begin the new term, after months out of the classroom.

Two cases among staff members were confirmed at Copthorne Primary School in Great Horton yesterday, while a bubble at Lapage Primary School in Barkerend will begin remote learning from Monday, after the school confirmed a positive case of the virus yesterday afternoon. 

Beckfoot Oakbank School in Keighley also saw a staff member test positive for the virus, causing three members of staff to self-isolate, while Dixons City Academy in West Bowling was also hit by a number of cases during the week.