The full list of London schools that have had to close or partially close due to coronavirus – My London



A number of Covid-19 cases have been confirmed at schools across London since the new term started and children went back to school.

Before the summer holidays, many schools had either all or most year groups learning remotely in order to slow the spread of coronavirus.

However, many have started the new school year back in the classroom.

Both staff and schoolchildren have tested positive since returning to classes, forcing schools to undergo deep cleans and send some into self-isolation.

While some schools have sent entire years home, or delayed the return of students completely, others have not sent any pupils home at all.

Here are all the schools in London that have been reported to have been affected by Covid-19 cases in London so far:

Schools that have had to close due to coronavirus
West Thornton Primary School, Croydon

Those in charge at this Croydon school decided to delay the return of pupils to their Rosecourt Road site, as well as pupils in Reception and Year 2 at their Canterbury Road one.

The full closure at the Rosecourt Road site will continue until Monday September 21. Pupils in Years 1, 3, 4 and 5 at the Canterbury Road site are still being told to attend.

All staff at the Rosecourt Road site are self-isolating, as well as the Reception and Year 2 teams at Canterbury Road.

The Canterbury Road site was closed to all children for one day on Tuesday, September 8.

Trinity School, Lewisham

Trinity School Lewisham has delayed reopening to ensure student safety

This all-through school delayed reopening after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19.

The opening date was pushed back from Monday September 7, to a target date of Thursday September 17.

In an online statement about the decision, a spokesperson said: “This decision was not taken lightly and is to secure the continued safety of our Trinity family that is paramount to everything we do.”

The school said those who may have been in close contact with the case were informed and that “pupils in Year 7, Reception children and parents that attended school last week do not need to isolate or take any additional precautions.”

Duke’s Aldridge Academy, Tottenham

This entire school in Tottenham closed for two days after confirming two cases of Covid-19.

The two positive cases were in Year 7 and Year 8, and all pupils in those years were sent home until further notice.

The whole academy shut for two days – Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11 – while a deep clean was carried out.

Parents of students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have been assured that their child’s bubble has not been affected, and that the school will reopen on Monday, September 14.

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Schools that have had to partially close due to coronavirus
Red Hill Primary School, Bromley

The person who tested positive for coronavirus at Red Hill Primary School, in Chislehurst, was asymptomatic (Image: Google Maps)

It was not made clear whether a child or staff member tested positive for Covid-19 at this school in Chislehurst, but everyone who was considered a ‘close contact’ was asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Headteacher Nicola Crockatt said: “We can confirm that an individual tested positive for Covid-19 last week. They were asymptomatic and the individual was undertaking routine testing as part of the National Office of Statistics.

“The school identified all close contacts of the individual who were asked to isolate for 14 days, and were advised to book a test if they began to show symptoms of Covid-19 themselves.

“Home education commenced immediately for the children who are now isolating. We look forward to welcoming them back to school once the isolation period is complete.”

The Crescent Primary School, Croydon

Children at this primary school in Selhurst were told to self-isolate for 14 days after after somebody at the school tested positive for coronavirus.

The Crescent Primary School confirmed the development to parents in a letter sent out on Monday, September 7.

Again, the school would not reveal whether a child, teacher or other member of staff had tested positive for Covid-19, but one parent claimed children in Year 5 were self-isolating.

Gifford Primary School, Ealing

Two students in Year 6 tested positive for coronavirus at this school in Northolt.

It appears that just one class was sent home after the first case was reported, but after the second case was confirmed on Friday, September 11, the whole year group, including staff, were told to self-isolate.

Horsenden Primary School, Ealing

A child in Year 1 at Horsenden Primary School has tested positive for coronavirus (Image: Google)

All Year 1 classes at this Greenford school were also told to stay at home after a pupil tested positive.

It is also understood the child was in school on Monday, September and Tuesday (September 8), but not on Wednesday (September 9).

The child received the positive test on Thursday, September 10, and parents and carers were then informed, with four classes and around 120 pupils home sent home as MyLondon understands.

Wilbury Primary School, Enfield

Children were welcomed back to this North London school on Monday, September 7.

But by Tuesday, the school was forced to close a ‘class bubble’ after a Year 5 child tested positive for the Covid-19.

The school “closed the bubble” that the child had been in on the first day back, and the children from the class affected were sent home to self-isolate for 14 days.

Heston Community School, Hounslow

One positive case of Covid-19 was confirmed at this school in Heston.

The school sent home one tutor group to self-isolate ‘as a precautionary measure’ but will remain open for everyone else.

A letter addressed to parents on September 9 confirmed the case, and said: “Our Cleaning Team is undertaking a deep clean of the zone and the classrooms the group has been based in, as a further precautionary measure.

“The School remains open for all year groups. Providing your child remains well, they can continue to attend school as normal. We will keep this under review and will provide updates if required.”

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Cranford Community College, Hounslow

The student at Cranford Community College was sent home after feeling unwell (Image: Google Maps)

Cranford Community College revealed a “new female student” had received a positive test.

The college informed parents that the student was sent home on Friday, September 4 as she felt unwell and had a slight temperature.

On Tuesday, September 8, she reported that she had tested positive.

A total of 27 students and two teachers who had been in contact with her have been told to self-isolate.

St Michael’s Catholic School, Newham

This school in East Ham closed two year groups after a child tested positive for Covid-19.

The affected bubble, including three teachers, four teaching assistants, Year 3 and Year 4 pupils, won’t return until September 17.

Students in other groups are still asked to come to school as usual.

A spokeswoman for Newham Council said: “Newham Council can confirm that as a result of a child, from within the Year 3 and 4 bubble at St Michael’s Catholic School, East Ham, the school has taken advice from Public Health England and closed these year groups as a precaution.”

John Fisher Catholic Boys School, Sutton

The boys school has asked all Year 8 pupils to self isolate following positive test result for a Year 8 pupil.

St Elpheges Infant/Junior School, Sutton

The school asked four classes to self isolate – The Year 3 year group and one class in Year 2 – 120 pupils in total.

No positive test has been confirmed yet but a large number of pupils were absent with symptoms with some staff in those year groups developing Covid-19 symptoms.

Devonshire Primary School, Sutton

Devonshire Primary School in Sutton has sent an entire year home (Image: Google maps)

The whole of Year 2 at this South London school has been told to stay at home for two weeks, after a “member of the school community” tested positive for Covid-19.

In a letter to parents and guardians on September 9, headteacher Fiona Oastler confirmed Year 2 pupils have been in “close contact” with an infected person.

She told parents in Year 2: “As a result, we are closing the Year 2 bubble and all Year 2 children will be required to self-isolate, returning to school on Tuesday, September 22; no Year 2 will be allowed on site until this time.

“This is to reduce the further spread of Covid-19 to others in the community.”

Sherwood Park School, Sutton

The Sutton school has said that a suspected case has been identified. The school has asked a small number of pupils to self isolate as a result (10 in total).

Adamsrill Primary School, Sydenham

Last Wednesday (September 9), parents of pupils in Year 4 at Adamsrill Primary received an email informing them of a positive Covid-19 test.

They were told to keep their children home the following day.

The email said: “”We would ask you to keep your Year 4 child at home (on Thursday, September 10) to allow us to undertake a full risk assessment.”

On Friday (September 11), parents of all pupils in the school were informed that “in line with the national guidance we recommended that everyone in the Year Four bubble (children and adults) now stays at home and self-isolate until 24/09/2020.”

St Michael’s Primary School, Wandsworth

Pupils in Year 2 and Year 4 have tested positive for Covid-19 at St Michael’s Primary School (Image: Google Maps)

This school in Southfields has told parents that pupils in both Year 2 and Year 4 have tested positive for coronavirus, and that other children are ‘displaying symptoms’.

On Tuesday, September 8 an email was sent out to parents to make them “aware of the situation and implications it has”.

The email said children in the bubbles affected had been sent home and have to self-isolate for 14 days, and that they will only need to be tested if they become symptomatic.

It added: “The school will remain open for all other bubbles and we will ensure the additional cleaning measures continue.”

The school intends to resume online learning for the Year 2 and Year 4 pupils.

Headteacher Ann-Marie Grant said: “Whilst it was disappointing to shut bubbles so soon in the academic year, our robust procedures in dealing with coronavirus cases, as well as setting up our online learning platform, gives me confidence in how we have dealt with this incident and will deal with any incidents in the future.”

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School that have confirmed cases but not closed
Bromley College, Bromley

London South East Colleges’ Bromley campus did not close despite a positive Covid-19 case (Image: Google maps)

A staff member at Bromley College tested positive for coronavirus.

Staff who had been in close contact with the infected individual were told to self-isolate, and the college was deep cleaned.

But students were told to still come in.

A letter sent by London South East Colleges to students, dated on September 8, said: “Public Health England has told us there is one case of COVID-19 at London South East Colleges.

“We will work with Public Health England to watch the situation carefully.

“This letter is to tell you about the situation and to give you advice and support.

“For most people COVID-19 is not a serious illness.

“The Bromley Campus will stay open. Please continue to come to your classes. If you feel ill, please tell your teacher but stay at home. If there are any changes, we will tell you.”

Ridgeway Primary School, Croydon

A staff member at this primary and nursery in South Croydon tested positive on Saturday, September 5 – a couple of days before students returned for the new academic year.

The infected member became symptomatic on Thursday, September 3, but had been in school for a staff training day ahead of pupils returning on the Monday (September 7).

Multiple staff, who were in “direct contact or proximity contact” with the infected person, began to self-isolate for 14 days.

But this did not affect the plans to reopen.

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After liaising with Public Health England (PHE), the school informed parents of the case, and carried out a deep clean, with children returning to school on the Monday as planned.

Co-Headteachers of Ridgeway Primary, Suzanne Kelly and Rebecca Shelley, told MyLondon: “The safety of our staff and pupils is our top priority, and if any staff or child show any symptoms they are asked to isolate and to get a test in line with government guidance.”

Cheam High, Sutton

A positive test was received by school staff members before pupils rejoined the school, so no bubble is isolating. A further Year 12 pupil has reported a positive test and the school is liaising with LCRC.

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