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Independent school closed after confirmed case of coronavirus

PUBLISHED: 11:38 30 September 2020 | UPDATED: 08:17 01 October 2020

Chloe Smith MP with Philip Hinchliffe, head teacher of Catch 22. Mr Hinchliffe has issued a statement saying the Great Yarmouth school has been closed following a positive coronavirus test among its community Photo: MP Chloe Smith

Chloe Smith MP with Philip Hinchliffe, head teacher of Catch 22. Mr Hinchliffe has issued a statement saying the Great Yarmouth school has been closed following a positive coronavirus test among its community Photo: MP Chloe Smith

Chloe Smith

An independent school for young people struggling in mainstream education has closed following a confirmed case of coronavirus.

The Catch22 school in North River Road, Great Yarmouth, will remain shut until October 12 following the positive test result.

It means all 13 staff and 16 of the 23 enrolled students, all year 10 and 11 students, are self-isolating.

A statement from Philip Hinchliffe, headteacher for Include Schools Norfolk, part of the Catch22 group, said:

“Following the confirmation of a confirmed cased of coronavirus, the Great Yarmouth site of Catch22 Include Norfolk is closed until October 12.

“All staff and students who attended school on September 24 and 25 will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

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“The staff team will begin a timetable for all students to continue their education from September 30 and welfare checks will be completed by our dedicated team of support staff.”

Include Schools Norfolk operates across three sites in Norwich, King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth and charges annual fees of up to £21,000 for its county council-referred pupils many of whom have been excluded from mainstream schools, special schools, or pupil referral units.

There are around 85 young people enrolled across the three sites, but only Yarmouth has been affected.

A temporary online timetable was posted on the school’s website on Wednesday (September 30) for those self-isolating.

Overall, it works with children aged four to 18 providing full-time, alternative, secondary education, and support for those with special educational needs.

The announcement comes as independent Langley School based in Taverham and Loddon revealed a bubble of 40 pupils was self-isolating after an asymptomatic pupil was confirmed to have the virus.


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