An academy trust which runs four Doncaster primary schools has U-turned on reopening following warnings around Covid-19.

Astrea Academy Trust, which runs Atlas, Intake, Hillside and Waverly primary schools in the borough and a further were due to reopen its doors on June 3.

The safety of our pupils and staff will always be our number one priority.

Spokesperson for Astrea Academy Trust

Education union officials said the infection R rate in Doncaster is at '0.8' and has been flagged as a 'hotspot for the disease to spread'.

The union said the academy trust was putting staff, pupils and their families 'at risk'.

But Astrea Academy said following statements from both public health directors at Doncaster and Sheffield councils, the trust decided to postpone the wider reopening until June 15.

The union has instructed their members not to go into their school and workplace unless it is safe to do so to avoid serious risk to their health and safety.

Astrea Academy Trust runs four Doncaster primary schools Credit: PA

Comprehensive risk assessments of every Astrea school and for every member of staff had been completed and we made clear to our colleagues that only those who are happy to come into school should do so.

Spokesperson for Astrea Academy Trust

The academy's announcement caused 'serious concern' as it 'went against what was advised' in recent public statements made by both Doncaster Council and union officials.

We are living in a global pandemic, with the second highest death toll in the world.

Doncaster district and branch secretary, Fiona Campbell,