A High Wycombe primary school has been forced to shut today as a "high number" of teachers have tested positive for Covid-19.

A number of other teachers at The Disraeli School in High Wycombe must also self-isolate immediately, meaning the school cannot stay open.

The school, in The Pastures, is shut from today, Wednesday, December 2.

A joint statement from head teachers Joanne Pikulski and Joanna Gowers, as well as Michelle Dobbs, chair of governors and the governing body, reads: "It is with a heavy heart that we advise you that the school will be closed from tomorrow, Wednesday, 2nd December due to a high number of staff testing positive for Covid or having to self-isolate.

"This has significant implications for the capacity of the school to be run safely.

"All schools are required to have a statutory ratio of pupils to staff including paediatric first aiders, senior leadership team, designated safeguarding leads and teachers.

"We are keen to re-open as soon as is safely possible and anticipate our numbers will be improved enough to allow this by Monday, 14th December.

"We understand this will cause disruption to everyone but believe we are unable to keep the school open with our current staff numbers.

"We apologise for this late decision and will keep you informed on progress between now and the 14th December.

"Thank you for your continued support, stay safe."