Five Devon schools closed following confirmed case of coronavirus

Five schools in Devon have been forced to close amid concerns that a member of the community has got coronavirus.

On Monday 2 March it was announced two people tested positive for COVID-19, with one attending Churston Ferrers Grammar School in Brixham.

It comes after the Grammar school said on its website it will be closed until Tuesday 3 March in a message on its website.

In the initial email sent to parents and carers, headteacher Kieran Earley said it's because of a "potential case of COVID-19 at Churston".

Public Health England has since confirmed two people from Devon have been diagnosed with the virus after recently returning from Italy. For more on this, click here.

Where are the schools located?

The five Devon schools that have closed as a precaution. Credit: ITV News West Country


Four other schools in Devon then announced they would be closed as a result of the potential case.

Galmpton Primary School, which is just over a mile away from Churston Grammar, said on its website that the school was closed as a "precautionary measure".

A notice to parents said they will be made aware of any more information as soon as they get it.

The others closed include Collaton St Mary Primary School in Paignton, Berry Pomeroy in Totnes and Brixham Primary.

We will provide updates as we get them.