Home testing for scholars
The government will be providing lateral flow tests to scholars until the end of September, at which point this will be reviewed.
All scholars now have access to supplies of lateral flow tests to take home as required.
We suggest that your child takes a test on a Monday and Thursday morning, before they have anything to eat or drink and before they come to school. The test takes 30 minutes to produce a result, so please factor this into your morning routine, and report the test results to the academy as soon as possible.
If you don't have time in the mornings, then you can do the test the evening before (Sunday and Wednesday evenings) and report the results as below.
Every testing kit your child takes home will have enough tests for 3 weeks. Please complete 2 tests per week and report the results as below;
ALL results (negative and positive) need to be reported to the academy, via the following link;
You also need to record the result (negative or positive) on NHS Test and Trace
If your child was to record a positive test result, they must remain at home and self isolate. You must inform the school of the positive result immediately by phoning 0115 9421300.
You must book a PCR test, by calling 119 or online here Book a PCR test
If your child can not swab their throat, they can swab both nostrils for 10 seconds. This is how we've been doing it in school.
Frequently asked questions
How do I know my child will be safe?
All schools have put in rigorous risk assessments to ensure the best possible care for your children, and are following government guidance. Regular supervised hand-sanitising will take place throughout the day to help stop any spread of the virus. Rigorous cleaning will take place throughout the school day as well as after school.
What’s the safest way to get my child to school?
Following government advice the best way for your child to get to school is to walk, cycle or use your car. If you need to use public transport you should follow government guidance.
Should my child wear a mask?
As per government guidance, secondary aged children and adults no longer have to wear masks and they are purely optional. Neck Fleeces (or snoods) are no longer permitted to be worn as a form of face covering.
What happens if someone in their class develops symptoms?
Children or staff displaying symptoms should not attend school and should make an appointment to get themselves tested in line with NHS guidance. In the event that a child (or member of staff) displays symptoms of Covid-19 they will be immediately isolated and their parent/carer will be contacted to take them home.
What if it is confirmed that someone definitely has COVID-19?
If they test positive for Covid-19, they should remain at home and inform the school.