Truro and Penwith College has announced this afternoon that it is to close some courses due to the effect of coronavirus.

It follows the latest coronavirus (Covid-19) advice from the government, that individuals should self-isolate for seven days if they show symptoms of mild upper respiratory tract infection, cough or fever.

The college said: "As a result of this advice, the college is unable to guarantee the future availability of suitably trained staff to safely support those college students who have complex health and support needs. We are also mindful of the vulnerability of these students’ own health.

"The college has therefore taken the decision to temporarily close its Access Skills Development (ASD) and Access to Community and Education (ACE) courses from this evening (Friday, March 13) until after the Easter break."

The course closures will affect 36 students and all other courses taught at Truro and Penwith College remain unaffected and continue to operate as normal.

"The college fully appreciates the possible disruption the course closures may cause and apologises for any inconvenience but must put the safety of its vulnerable students first," added a spokesperson.

The decision will be reviewed during the Easter break with students, parents and carers contacted with updates as soon as available.