AN Isle of Wight school has closed after a confirmed case of coronavirus —and several staff and students have had to self-isolate.

Christ the King College confirmed they had closed for emergency provision after the amount of staff self-isolating meant they were unable to open safely.

The school, in Newport, will remain closed until safety measures are put in place, and at present there is no date set for re-opening.

Noreen Ward, head of school, said: "I can confirm that a member of Christ the King, who was in our school during our emergency provision, has tested positive for Covid-19.

"I have acted in accordance with guidance from Public Health England and the Department for Education and have communicated directly with them to ensure this is the case.

"All students and staff who were potentially in contact with the person who has tested positive have been advised to self-isolate for 14 days.

"Every school has a number of essential functions designed to ensure health and safety. These include, for example, fire marshals, first aiders and others trained in the specific risk assessments of each site and each school.

"Unfortunately, the teams now self-isolating limit my ability to operate the school safely. That is why I have taken the decision, that Christ the King will not be open for emergency provision until I can put the proper safety measures in place."

Most schools are on half term this week, with the majority set to open again on Monday, June 1, for emergency provision and some year groups.