Lateral Flow Home Tests

After your son has had his third Lateral Flow Test in school, we will be issuing testing kits for for your son to test himself at home.  Please start the tests on the following evenings and thereafter every Sunday and Wednesday:

Wednesday 17th March Year 11 and D6 boys only
Sunday 21st March Years 7-10

Testing will continue every Wednesday and Sunday in the Easter holidays and we anticipate receiving a delivery of more tests this week.

Please find below a quick summary of the process, further details of how to test can be found here.

4 Stages of a Rapid Test

Once you have completed your test, the results need to be reported to both the NHS and school by using the two links below:

  1. Report to the NHS
  2. Report to St Birinus School

It is essential that you report the results in both places for contact tracing and for maintaining appropriate stock level purposes.  

Please note that all students will receive these testing kits, participation in the testing programme continues to be voluntary.   For more information on how personal data is used for testing please see the detailed privacy notice, which can be found here.


Negative tests

Those with a negative LFD test result can attend school unless they have individually been advised otherwise by NHS Test and Trace or Public Health professionals (for example as a close contact).

Positive tests

If your son’s test is positive:

  1. Please contact the school on immediately with your son’s name, tutor group and the best number to call you on so that we can commence contact tracing
  2. Your son and all of your household (and support bubble) will need to self-isolate in line with the government guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection and book a confirmatory PCR test (to be taken no later than 2 days after the positive LFD test). If the subsequent PCR test is negative, was taken within 2 days of the positive Lateral Flow Test and he remains symptom free he will be able to return to school.

Please note that the asymptomatic testing programme does not replace the current testing policy for those with symptoms. Anyone with symptoms (even if they recently had a negative LFD test result), should still self-isolate immediately according to government guidelines and book a PCR test.

Please note that even if you have received the Covid-19 vaccine you will still need to follow Public Health guidance in the event of a positive test.

If your son has had Covid-19 within the last 90 days he does not have to take a lateral flow test during this period. However, should he choose to test and receive a positive result you would still need to treat the test as positive and follow Public Health guidance and self-isolate.

Thank you for your support with this programme.

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