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We must use all of the tools available to us to combat the transmission of COVID-19. Asymptomatic testing is a further and critical tool to help mitigate the transmission of COVID-19. New, simple and quick tests, known as Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests, enable us to rapidly test, without the need for a laboratory. Staff and students will be tested using a validated Lateral Flow Device. Up to a third of individuals who test positive for COVID-19 have no symptoms at all and can therefore spread the virus unknowingly. That is why the testing those without symptoms is vital. Identifying those individuals will save lives. This is what is known as ‘rapid testing’.

When returning to their school students will be offered three Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests spaced three to four days apart (minimum three days). This is so students have undertaken some testing in a supervised setting, and have had the chance to familiarise themselves with self-swabbing.

Any students and staff who have symptoms should not be attending school and should be self isolating in line with current public health guidance. Anyone with one or more of symptoms of coronavirus - a high temperature, a new continuous cough; or a loss or change in sense of smell or taste - should self-isolate and book a test or call 119 in England.

Once students have been tested three times at school or college, they will be provided with home test kits for regular twice weekly testing at home. Students will be able to collect home test kits from their form tutor the day after their third and final on-site lateral flow test. We will distribute test kits to students we have previously received consent for. If you previously declined an on-site test, but would like to engage in home testing, please contact your Head of Year and we can add your child to the list to receive a kit.

We would like students to take their tests, where possible, in the morning before school on Monday and Thursday. Make sure you have enough time to do the test before going to school. However, we understand that for some people this may be challenging. Therefore, tests can be taken the evening before school if needed. You will also need to tell the school the result of each test, please do so via this link.

Tests are free of charge. Students will receive either two packs of 3 tests or one pack of 7 tests in a box with a leaflet on how to take the test and report the results.

“Routine and repeat testing at Newcastle Sixth Form College has given all of our students and staff the reassurance that the college is a safe environment for them to work and study. The testing process is smooth and has minimal impact on teaching and learning. In addition to this, the daily testing of close contacts has enabled students who would normally have had to self self-isolate to continue to attend and enjoy the benefits of face face-to -face teaching teaching.”
- Gerard Garvey, Newcastle Sixth Form College



Participation is voluntary for the programme and active consent is required either by staff,  students or parents/legal guardians, as appropriate. However, if any staff member or student does not wish to consent to take part in testing they will still be able to attend school unless they develop symptoms.

People who decline to participate in testing will follow the usual national guidelines and are legally obliged to self-isolate according to the advice given to them by the NHS Test & Trace service.

Please see our COVID testing Privacy Notice attached at the bottom of the page in accordance with the data protection guidelines.


Students should take the test, before coming into school, 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:

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Help and support is available here, including instructions in different languages on how to test and report the results and a video showing you how to take the test.

Test Results

Positive result

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 you will also need to tell the school the result of each test, please do so via this link.

You 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).

Negative result

Negative results should be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and the school via this link. 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. If you or anyone in your household gets symptoms of the virus you should follow national guidelines on self-isolation and testing.

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

Additional information and guidance

Please find attached some additional information on the school and FE testing programme. The attached documents may be subject to some changes nationally. 

Park High School

Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore,
Middlesex, HA7 1PL

Headteacher:Mrs Colette O'Dwyer

Phone:020 8952 2803

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