A SCHOOL pupil in isolation has tested negative for coronavirus, a headteacher said.

A child attending Portslade Aldridge Community Academy had been told to "self-isolate" for 14 days last week by Public Health England.

Now headteacher Mark Poston has revealed the pupil is "not a confirmed case" but will continue to self-isolate at home.

"A number of people have contacted the school mirroring the concerns of the whole school community for the welfare of our student in self-isolation," he wrote in a message to parents.


"I am pleased to say the family has updated the school that tests have been done and they are not a confirmed case.

"The student will continue to follow PHE advice to self-isolate for the full recommended 14-day period.

"We will send out any further updates for parents as soon as we are informed by the council or Public Health England."

The Portslade school was the first of five in Brighton and Hove to be linked with the coronavirus.

A teacher at Bevendean Primary School went into isolation yesterday over fears they had caught coronavirus.

Then two people linked to Cottesmore St Mary's Catholic Primary in Hove were advised to self isolate by Public Health England.

Hangleton Primary School sent an email to parents yesterday afternoon informing them a pupil's family was self-isolating due to a connection to one of the health centres affected by the coronavirus.

Finally a person from the "school community" at Varndean School in Brighton was advised to self-isolate by health chiefs yesterday.