An Orpington school is following coronavirus protocol after a group of students returned from a skiing trip in northern Italy.

Kemnal Technology College, a boys' secondary school and mixed sixth form, today confirmed that the students had not been to a quarantined region.

Advice from the Government recommends that anyone who has been to northern Italy must isolate themselves if they develop coronavirus symptoms.

A statement from Mr Cavanagh, Executive Headteacher of Kemnal Technology College, reads: "We have had a group of students return a ski trip in Northern Italy and I can confirm they did not visit any of the quarantined locations in Italy.

"We are strictly following the guidance and advice from our Trust (TKAT), Public Health England, Department for Education and NHS 111 as the welfare and safety of the whole of the College community is paramount.

"We are constantly checking for updates and will at all times follow the advice given."

The school has not said whether any students are in isolation.

Cleeve Park school in Sidcup yesterday confirmed that an unspecified number of pupils and staff who felt "unwell" were advised to stay at home after they also returned from a skiing trip in northern Italy.

The Italian government has put 11 towns in the Lombardy and Veneto regions into lockdown, areas which are popular skiing destinations.

Thousands of people cannot enter or leave the regions for the next two weeks without special permission.

Outside the zone, sporting events have been cancelled and many schools and businesses have suspended normal operations.

Travellers who have returned from quarantined areas since February 19 are advised to stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, even if they do not have coronavirus symptoms such as a cough, fever or shortness of breath.

People returning from parts of northern Italy not in the lockdown areas should also self-isolate if they develop symptoms.

This is defined by a line above Pisa, Florence and Rimini, which includes Milan, Venice and Bologna.