A school teacher has tested positive for Covid-19, forcing a number of staff to self-isolate - leaving parents "fed up".

A staff member at St Mary's and All Saints CofE School in Beaconsfield has Covid-19, which has meant other teachers now have to self-isolate.

A mother of a pupil at the Maxwell Road school told the Bucks Free Press parents were "fed up" that children were being kept apart but not teachers and that they have been affected because of just one Covid case.

One class bubble in Year Four now has to isolate. 

She said: "It's a real shame because the children don't need to self-isolate but because the teachers have still been mixing, they do.

"All the teachers are mixing all the time even though the children aren't. They don't have PPE. The school have handled this so badly.

"It's like a house of cards. Parents are so fed up."

The parent - who wanted to remain anonymous - initially said Years one, four and six had to stay away from the school, but a Buckinghamshire Council spokesman said cover has been found for years one and four to allow lessons to continue.

The spokesman said: "A staff member at St Mary’s in Beaconsfield has tested positive for Covid and this has been confirmed via a PCR test.

"Some members of staff were together for a staff meeting on Monday (some were linked via Zoom so not actually in the school) and accordingly certain teachers are considered contacts and as such need to self-isolate.

"This has been confirmed by Public Health.

"The head teacher has managed to arrange cover for the majority of the classes and is able to open to all pupils except for Year 6, where she will be able to offer a vulnerable and keyworker bubble.

"The remaining pupils will be taught remotely.

"The class bubble that now needs to isolate is in Year 4. Parents have been informed."

According to the latest Public Health England figures, 32,237 people had been confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19 by 9am on Tuesday (June 8) in Buckinghamshire, up from 32,198 the same time on Monday.

The rate of infection in Buckinghamshire now stands at 5,926 cases per 100,000 people, lower than the England average of 7,018.