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Home testing for scholars

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;

Reporting Results

ALL positive results need to be reported to the academy.  Call reception on 0115 942 1300


You also need to record the result (negative or positive) on NHS Test and Trace

NHS Test and Trace - Results Reporting

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


How to do your test at home (various languages available)

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.

Video Guide

Privacy Notice - Scholars Testing at Home

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.

Risk Assessments

DCA - Coronavirus Risk Assessment - January 2022 revised

Safeguarding Protocol in a COVID-19 Context


Covid testing in schools - January 2022

As children will potentially mix with lots of other people during the Christmas holidays, all secondary schools have been asked to prepare for on-site asymptomatic COVID testing in the first week of the spring term, to check that the children are not carrying the virus in to school.  Part of the 'safe return to school guidance' given to schools is that every child is to be offered one lateral flow test in the first week back.. 

We are planning on offering the test in the first week back of term (w/c 10th January).

To make this process as meaningful as possible, I would be grateful of your child’s participation in this testing.

To give your consent please read the privacy notice below and then click on the link below to complete the consent form:

Privacy Notice - Scholar Testing

Scholar Testing Consent Form 

Please ensure you have completed this form no later than Friday 31st December. 

I do hope that you will give your consent. Regular testing will ensure that asymptomatic, infected individuals are not putting other scholars and staff at unnecessary risk