A PRIMARY school in Whitefield has confirmed it will remain closed for at least a week as a result of coronavirus.

Leaders of Heaton Park Primary, in Cuckoo Lane, had issued a series of letters, as cases of Covid-19 were recorded.

This began last Monday with a notification that a staff member in the early years section had come down with the condition.

And this was followed the next day by an announcement that a Year 6 youngster had contracted coronavirus, with those coming into contact with the child asked to self-isolate.

Then on Wednesday it was confirmed a Year 4 pupil had been similarly affected, leading to the closure of that class.

Headteacher Peter Lord then wrote to parents on Thursday, issuing an identical bullet-in after a Year 5 case was discovered.

Mr Lord informed parents later that the whole school would be closing until at least Monday, November 23. Later dates have been set for Years 4, 5 and 6.

He added in his final letter: "We have tried hard to keep school open and to minimise disruption.

"However we feel we have to act now to break the cycle. Work will be set on Seesaw and we will look forward to welcoming children back as soon as we can."

Advice on self-isolation has been given to specific classes where pupils may have come into contact with a suspected case.

In September a Year 2 class had to self-isolate after a reported case.