September 2021 ( Published: 20/07/2021)

The government announced in July 2021 that secondary school pupils should receive 2 on-site lateral flow device tests 3 to 5 days apart, on their return in the Autumn term.

COVID-19 testing for students

  • We are working to keep our school as safe as possible. Testing for students without coronavirus symptoms will start from Thursday 2nd September. Students will be offered the COVID-19 test known as the ‘lateral flow device’ test
  • Students who take the test will be supervised by trained staff. The ‘lateral flow device’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of the nose and throat. For under 18s, trained staff will oversee the swab process
  • Results take around half an hour and will be shared directly with students participating. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed
  • Along with the other protective measures we are taking, these tests will help staff and students to return to school safely. Up to one third of people who have coronavirus experience no symptoms. By testing we will help to stop the virus spread and help to keep our school open as safely as possible
  • Students will be tested on two occasions on their return to school and then will be given home testing kits to undertake the tests twice a week at home

The test is voluntary and free of charge, but we would strongly encourage everyone to take it.

If you are happy for your child to be tested, and have not already consented, please follow this link.

What if a student tests positive?

Students who test positive will be informed about their results individually. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed. Students who receive a positive test result should self-isolate in line with the stay at home guidance.

They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19:
www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the students should continue to self-isolate. If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, the pupil can return to school, as long as the student has no symptoms of COVID-19.

What happens if the test is negative?

Students who test negative can continue to attend school.

What if my child develops symptoms?

This testing programme at school is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (such as a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate, and book a test by calling 119 or by visiting:
www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

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