Lateral Flow Home Tests

Lateral Flow Testing kits are issued in school for your son to test himself at home.  Please make sure your son takes a test every Sunday and Wednesday. Please note that the process is slightly different to the recent in-school LFD testing.  These home tests require BOTH throat and nasal swabbing.

Below is a quick summary of the process, further details of how to test can be found here.

4 Stages of a Rapid Test

Once your son has completed his 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 in case we have queries.
  2. Your son will need to self-isolate in line with the government guidance 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.  To find out whether your household will also need to isolate, please visit the updated government guidance.

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.

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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