HUNDREDS of pupils at a Cradley Heath primary school have been sent home to self-isolate after a confirmed COVID-19 case.

Four year groups at Reddal Hill Primary in Trinity Street have been sent home after the confirmed case of coronavirus.

Reception and years four, five and six bubbles have all been in close contact with the person who has the virus.

A letter was sent to parents on Tuesday (September 22) with pupils allowed back this Friday (October 1) if they do not show symptoms.

One parent who didn't wish to be named said: "I'm glad the school has taken the correct course of action, but it was quite a shock that one person would be in close contact with all those year group bubbles.

"I'm one of the lucky ones as I can easily keep my child at home, but it is difficult for parents who work."

Headteacher Ann Bashir-Pugh sent the letter which reads: "We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within school.

"We have followed the national guidance and have identified that your child has been in close contact with the person affected.

"In line with the national guidance we recommend that your child now stay at home and self-isolate until Thursday October 1.

"We are asking you to do this to reduce the further spread of COVID-19 to others in the community.

"If your child is well at the end of the 14 days period of self-isolation, they can return to usual activities and school on Friday October 2.

"Other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms within the 14-day isolation period."