A pupil has tested positive for coronavirus at Whitley Bay High School.

The North Tyneside school confirmed in a letter to parents that a Year 11 student had been diagnosed with the virus.

Headteacher Steven Wilson said the students who had been in close contact with the teenager had been identified and the school had "recommended" they stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days.

Mr Wilson said all other students should continue to attend school as normal.

In a letter to parents on Friday, Mr Wilson said: "We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 in Year 11 within the school.

"We have carried out a full risk assessment and identified all those who have been in close contact with the affected case and have recommended that they stay at home and self-isolate until 14 days after their last contact."

He said students who had not been identified as a close contact and "do not need to make any change to their usual routine, including school attendance".

The letter went on to say if any children, or anyone in their household, develop symptoms of the virus, the whole household "must remain at home and not go to work, school or public areas".

It said: "The most common symptoms of Covid-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

"You should arrange testing for the person who has developed symptoms. When the result is known further advice will be available.

"There are things we can all do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with Covid-19:

A number of schools across the region have been affected by coronavirus after they reopened earlier this month. Some asked year groups or bubbles to isolate at home, while others decided to close for a deep clean.