Original article from Kent Live
The school said the five students were all in the same year group and all tested positive last week.
The confirmation comes as the new Delta variant, thought to have originated in India, sweeps through the country – mainly infecting the young and those who have yet to be fully vaccinated.
In a statement a spokesman for the school said: “We can confirm that five students tested positive for COVID-19 last week, all from the same year group.
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"Close contacts are currently self-isolating in line with official track and trace procedures and we have had no further cases this week."
They added: “We operate in strict year group bubbles and continue to be guided by the Department of Education and Public Health England in response to any cases.
"We are keeping our school community fully informed.
“We have robust coronavirus measures in place on campus including the wearing of face masks, one-way systems and enhanced cleaning regimes.
“Students and staff test twice a week using NHS rapid response lateral flow tests and we have invested in our own PCR testing machines on site to help quickly identity and isolate any cases.
“This has meant that throughout the pandemic we have had minimal cases within the school community.”
Self isolating pupils were continuing with online learning – the school added.