The country is now in Step 4 of the government’s response to the pandemic, moving away from stringent restrictions on everyone’s day-to-day lives, towards advising people on how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk. As COVID-19 becomes a virus that we learn to live with, there is now an imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education - particularly given that the direct clinical risks to children are extremely low, and every adult has been offered a first vaccine and the opportunity for 2 doses by mid-September. As a result of this most restrictions have been removed and as an Academy we are following the control measures as directed by the government:
For more information on the current control measures please see the Government guidance below and our current risk assessment (at the bottom of the page).
Asymptomatic Testing - Rapid at home testing using Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) for Students
In addition to following the control measures, all secondary school students and staff are asked to test twice weekly use LFD tests.
Current guidance states that anyone who has previously received a positive COVID-19 PCR test result should not be re-tested within 90 days of that test, unless they develop any new symptoms of COVID-19. In light of this we are asking parents to let us know if their child requires a pack of tests and they will be distributed to students as soon as possible. Students will only be issued with tests if these have been requested.
If you are unable to complete the form, please contact reception on 01302 700002 to order a kit.
Students with a positive LFD test result will need to self-isolate in line with the stay-at-home guidance. They will also need to arrange a lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the result.
Those with a negative LFD test result can continue to attend school and follow the current protective measures.
** At home testing with LFD devices should only be used by individuals who are asymptomatic. Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 should isolate and take a PCR test as soon as possible as per the current guidance.