THREE schools in the Winchester district are currently reporting confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Today (Monday) The Westgate School has told Hampshire County Council that an individual at its secondary school has tested positive for Covid-19.

Bishop’s Waltham Junior School informed the authority, which is in charge of public health for the county, that it has a confirmed case. At both schools it is not known how many cases there are.

In a letter to parents and carers, Bishop's Waltham headteacher Darren Campbell said that it has been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the school.

Mr Campbell said: “We know that you may find this concerning but 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.

“The small number of children/adults who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days.”

The school remains open and children should continue to attend as normal if they remain well. Pupils who are required to isolate at home will carry on with their education remotely.

As reported last week Kings’ School wrote to parents and carers last week regarding an individual at the school who has tested positive.

The school was in contact with Public Health England and the Department for Education and, following their risk assessment, "they are confident that the individual was not in school during their infectious period".

Acting headteacher Rob Jeckells said: “We know that you may find this information concerning but you should be assured that the school has taken appropriate advice and there is no further action required of the school. We are continuing to monitor the situation, working closely with Public Health England.”

All schools within the district remain open, but the council says in some cases, one or more bubbles will be self-isolating. In others, there is no requirement for a bubble to isolate Pupils who are self-isolating will continue their education at home by remote learning.

Across Hampshire 14 schools have reported confirmed cases of coronavirus.

The Westgate School has been contacted for a comment.