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Introduction

Regular testing is a key way that we can identify positive cases and stop the spread of COVID-19. We encourage our school community to take two rapid tests each week – these are also called lateral flow tests. These tests are simple and give results in less than half an hour. If you need help doing the test, there is good guidance here. The best time to take tests is on a Sunday evening and a Wednesday evening.

Getting the Results

The test will return either a ‘positive’, ‘negative’ or ‘void’ result.

If the test produces a positive result, a period of self-isolation is then required – read more here. If you are unsure of what to do, get advice from the NHS website or by calling 119.

We currently provide test kits for our students roughly once every three weeks. If your child needs to test more frequently – for example, they are taking daily tests as someone else in the household has tested positive – then they can pick up additional test kits from the school reception.

Consent

We only give our test kits and supervise in-school testing for those students who have consent. We have sent the consent form to every member of the school community; the Years 7-11 form is here. You can read iur Privacy Notice for mass asymptomatic testing here. Please note that Sixth Form students are responsible for their own consent.

Reporting a Lateral Flow Test Result

Please report each lateral flow test to us using Test Register. Alternatively, you should receive an email reminder on Sundays and Wednesdays and you can report a result on the link in the email. It is best to do this with a mobile device.