A new coronavirus testing centre has been set up at a High Wycombe school.

The centre at Wycombe High School, set up by school staff over the Christmas holidays, was up and running yesterday (Monday) lunchtime.

It will stay operational throughout the third national lockdown and is staffed by 14 new recruits alongside the school’s existing support staff and leadership group.

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The school took a delivery of 3,000 swabs, delivered by Royal Mail, on Monday morning

Head teacher, Sharon Cromie, said: “I would like to pay tribute to all the staff who gave up most of their Christmas break to get the centre up and running in double-quick time.

“It really was an amazing effort and makes me so proud.”

She added that while the school is now closed to everyone but vulnerable students and those whose parents are key workers after Monday’s lockdown announcement by the Prime Minister, all 1,307 students are now learning remotely.

Mrs Cromie said: “These students and all staff will benefit from the testing centre throughout lockdown.

“As soon as the Prime Minister made his announcement, we quickly turned things around again and all our 1,307 students are now learning remotely.

“We are also putting further support in place for A-level and GCSE students so that they remain ahead of the curve as we wait for more announcements.”