Testing for those without coronavirus symptoms is beginning across the country using new, quicker COVID-19 tests known as ‘lateral flow devices’ (LFD).  This page is to help give you more information about the testing programme in our school.

Up to one third of people who have coronavirus are asymptomatic.  By testing we will help to reduce the spread in school through asymptomatic transmission.  We are therefore strongly encouraging those returning to school to be tested.

The lateral flow tests are quick and easy to undertake, using a swab of the nose and throat.  In this respect, the test is similar to a PCR test that is done in the NHS, at national testing centres or with home test kits.  However, with an LFD test, results take around half an hour from testing as they do not have to be sent to a laboratory. 

You can find additional information below, including FAQs. If your question is not answered here, please contact the school office via 

The following documents relate to testing in school:

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Well-being resource list for parents/carers during lockdown

NHS - Practical guidance to support own well being
NSPCC - Supporting families during lockdown
BBC - 5 ways to manage parents well being
BBC Bitesize - Resources to help parent well being
Anna Freud Centre - Parent/carer self help advice
Anna Freud Centre -Top tips for parent/carer during lockdown
BBC - Parent/Carer support for pupils with SEND
Young Minds - Parent survival guide

Documents & links

Information about the Coronavirus - e-Bug

Hands, space face video released by the Government to help us through the winter months

Advice for Parenting Teens during COVID-19 with Home-Start UK

Full list of local COVID alert levels by area

Find out restrictions in a local area – Postcode checker

Local COVID alert levels: what you need to know  

COVID alert posters

Secretary of State for Education statement for examinations series Summer 2021

NHS local area update 020221

What parents need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19 - GOV.UK