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Return to School and Lateral Flow Testing Arrangements

Schools have been asked to carry out lateral flow tests for all students (whose parents have consented) on their return to school after Christmas.

We are planning on carrying out the testing on Tuesday, 4th January, 2022. All students with parental consent will attend for an appointment on this day and then return home. There will be no lessons on this day, and students will return for face-to-face lessons in school as usual at 8.25am on Wednesday, 5th January, 2022.

Students without parental consent are to remain at home on Tuesday, 4th January, 2022, and return to school on Wednesday, 5th January, 2022. We would encourage all parents to consent to the testing in order to make our school as safe as possible upon our return after Christmas.

There are some Year 13 students who have assessments planned for Tuesday, 4th January. They will be allowed on site to sit their tests on this day.

Students should arrive in school (to enter via the Sports Centre) at the below times on Tuesday, 4th January, for their designated year group:


Please see the below ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ in relation to these arrangements.

What happens if I consent to my child taking part in lateral flow testing?
If you have previously consented to your child taking part in lateral flow testing then this consent is still valid. There is no need to ‘re-consent’.
If you would like to add or remove consent for your child to take part in lateral flow testing in school, please e-mail

All tests are carried out by the individual student themselves. Staff are present to support each student in the process. Students are to arrive in school for the test at the designated time for their year group.


Does my child have to take part in lateral flow testing?
No, taking part in the lateral flow testing in school is optional. If you do not consent to your child taking part they are to arrive in school as normal on 5th January.


What happens if my child tests positive?
If your child tests positive you will be contacted to collect them from school, they will be given a letter with further information about isolation and completing work during the isolation period.


Will I be informed if my child tests negative?
No, due to the number of students we are testing we will only contact you if your child’s result is positive.


When will the next test take place?
Once your child has had their first lateral flow test, students will then be provided with their home testing kits to continue to test at home.


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17th December 2021 – Vol 38 | No 15