FOUR "more" members of staff at a large Bradford secondary school have tested positive for coronavirus over the past few days.

Dixons Allerton Academy, in Rhodesway, announced two staff members had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on Saturday, with two more cases confirmed on Monday.

A letter sent to all parents and guardians of the school's 1,843 pupils (total from last Ofsted inspection in March 2019) on Saturday, September 12, said: "Further to our communication earlier this week, we have today been advised by Public Health England that two more members of staff have a confirmed case of COVID-19.

"Any member of staff or student who has had close contact has been advised to self-isolate.

"We are informing you as a reminder of the importance of continuing to follow the government guidelines.

"Following Public Health advice, the school remains open owing to the mitigations that are already in place."

A similar letter was sent to parents and guardians on Monday, September 14.

It announced that two further members of staff had tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total for over the weekend and at the start of this week to four cases.

Both letters also reiterated guidance for helping to stop spread the COVID-19 virus, such as washing hands regularly and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

A spokesperson for Dixons Academies Trust, which runs Dixons Allerton and a number of other schools in Bradford, outlined the group's continued commitment to being open and honest.

They said: "Strict control measures are in place in all our academies.

"We are committed to openly and honestly communicating all confirmed cases of Covid in all our academies to staff and students within the same day where possible.

"In every case, Public Health England are informed and we follow their advice to the letter, including their specific instructions as to who needs to self-isolate.

"Our priority when informed of a confirmed case is to track and trace any direct or proximity contacts the student or colleague may have had and advise those that need to self-isolate.

"Where staff suspect they may have symptoms, they are advised to stay at home and seek a test.

"Anyone awaiting test results is expected to inform the academy first of any positive or negative result so that we can act swiftly and in the best interests of all concerned."