STUDENTS at The Purbeck School are the latest to be advised to self-isolate following a confirmed case of coronavirus.

A Year 9 pupil tested positive and the case has been linked to community transmission.

Close contacts of the pupil have been identified and advised to self-isolate but the school remains open to all other pupils.

In a letter to parents and carers, head teacher Adam Darley said: "We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England.

"This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

"All students who have been identified as close contacts have been notified by a separate letter detailing the next steps for them.

"These students have been advised on the period for which they must remain in isolation.

"The school will remain open for all other students during this period. The school has been working closely with our team at Public Health England South West and Dorset Council to ensure high standards of hygiene and social distancing are maintained and ensuring all the necessary measures are in place.