Start of Term September 2021

We are looking forward to welcoming students back to school on Monday 6 September.

The Department for Education has asked that all students are offered two supervised Lateral Flow Tests, in school, at the start of the new academic year. The purpose of this is to identify any asymptomatic Covid-19 infections that the students have acquired over the summer break. We are keen that this process causes the least disruption possible within school at the beginning of the academic year.

Given our term dates see all students returning to school on Monday, we have taken the decision that the first of these voluntary tests should be offered on the Thursday and Friday prior to the students’ return. This way any positive asymptomatic cases will be identified before the start of school, lessening the chance of any students having to be identified as close contacts. The second test will be undertaken during lesson time on the Monday or Tuesday of the following week.

The tests will take place in the school Sports Hall and parents and students should access this area from Church Lane, using the overflow car park and rear of the Science Department for parking.

We are asking for students to be brought to the school to be tested according to the times set out below:

Thursday, 2 September

  • Year 7 – 8.30am to 11.00am
  • Year 8 – 11.00am to 1.30pm
  • Year 9 – 1.30pm to 4.00pm

Friday, 3 September

  • Year 10 – 8.30am to 11.00am
  • Year 11 – 11.00am to 1.30pm
  • Sixth Form – 1.30pm to 4.00pm

The tests will take approximately 10 minutes to conduct, and results will be sent to parents the same day, once processed. If at all possible, students should attend in the time slot identified for their Year Group but, if this is not possible, we will of course conduct the test whenever they are able to attend over the two days.

If you wish for your child to undertake a supervised Lateral Flow Test then please complete the consent form and bring it to the Sports Hall on the allocated day. No test will be conducted without the form being completed. We are intending to send the test result to the preferred parental email address held by the school. If you wish the notification to be sent to an alternative address please contact the school to update the primary email address.

We recognise that in a small number of cases students may not be able to attend the supervised testing. If this applies to your child, we would ask that you encourage them to take a lateral flow test before returning to school. However, it is preferable if they are able to attend the supervised testing site if at all possible.

Any student who misses the opportunity to take the first supervised test can still undertake the second supervised test, provided that they bring the enclosed consent form with them on the first day of school.

Students have been asked by the Department for Education to restart twice weekly home testing in September following their second supervised test at school. They will be issued with testing kits to enable them to do this. This will be reviewed in September, and we will communicate any changes to this policy once they are announced.

If you have any questions please do contact us at school.

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