Covid-19 Home Testing

Up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing. This is because they have no symptoms. To reduce the spread of the virus, we need to identify those individuals. We can do this in the academy by carrying out tests at home twice every week, 3-4 days apart.

The Government has recently announced that all secondary and college aged students will be offered tests to make the return to the academy safer for everyone.

  • Testing students at home
    Students will be able to collect home test kits from this week, once they have completed 3 tests in the Academy.

    We would like them to take their tests before school on a Monday morning (or Sunday night) and a Wednesday (or Tuesday night). Make sure you have enough time to do the test before coming to the Academy. Preferably this would be in the morning before going into school. However, we understand that for some people this may be challenging. Therefore, tests can be taken the evening before attending the academy if needed. You need to report test results.

    You will also need to tell the academy the result of each test by completing this form;

    If the result is positive please also ring the Academy as soon as it is open and notify us so that we are aware straight away. The Academy phone number is (01482) 781912 or contact the Academy through our email address

    Tests are free of charge. Students will receive two packs of 3 tests in a box with a leaflet on how to take the test and report the results.

  • Taking the test
    Students should take the test, before coming into the academy, twice a week. We will give students a leaflet with instructions on how to do the test with the kit. There is also a useful video to show you how to take the test here.

    At the end of this text, is a picture guide to taking the test.

    There is no need to keep used test equipment after the test result has been reported. You can put it in your normal bin (household waste).

    This does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.

  • What should you do after the test?
    If anyone tests positive you, your household, any support bubbles you are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days.

    You need to report your result to both NHS Test and Trace and the Academy;

    You then should order a confirmatory PCR test if you are testing at home (confirmatory PCR tests are not needed if the test was conducted at the Asymptomatic Test Site at School/college).

    If the result of the test is unclear (void) you should do another test.

    Negative and void results should be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and the Academy;

    A negative result does not guarantee that you are not carrying the virus. So, you should continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands and observing social distancing.

  • You need to report each test result
    The result of each test needs to be reported using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website:

    You will also need to tell the school the result of each test by using this Form If it is positive please also ring and notify the Academy so we are aware straight away.

  • Why take part
    Taking part in testing is voluntary and all students will be able to attend the academy whether they take part in testing or not.

    I am strongly encouraging all students to take part. Testing at home will allow your child and other students to attend the academy as safely as possible.

    Please contact , if you have any questions or concerns about home testing.

    Please see the step-by-step guide below for home testing. You can also download and print it from the following link; Testing yourself for Coronavirus – Guide