Testing for COVID 19 in school

In order to allow students to safely return to schools in September and in line with Government guidelines, all students will take part in COVID ‘Lateral Flow Testing’. This is a process that involves the student swabbing the back of their throat and nose and returns a result after only 30 minutes. The process is simple and safe and will be supervised by staff that have received approved training. This testing is mandated by the government and will allow us to ensure the safety of staff, students and all members of our community.

Between Wednesday 1st September and Friday 3rd  September, we will ask students to attend the school to receive the test. Each year group will have a specific day to attend (see below) but you will be able to book a time slot convenient for you on that date. Following the test, they will return home.

The online booking system will go live week commencing: 23rd August 2021

  • Year 7 will be able to book testing for Thursday 2nd September
  • Year 8 will be able to book testing for Wednesday 1st September (pm only)
  • Year 9 will be able to book testing for Friday 3rd September
  • Year 10 will be able to book testing for Friday 3rd September
  • Year 11 will be able to book testing for Thursday 2nd September
  • Year 12 will be able to book testing for Thursday 2nd September
  • Year 13 will be able to book testing for Friday 3rd September

Full details for the return to school and the arrangements for the week commencing 30th August can be found in the parent mail sent over the summer break.

All testing will take place in the canteen at the upper site on Ordnance Street and the route will be clearly marked.

In the week commencing the 6th September students will receive one further lateral flow test. This test will take place during school time and will not require a separate booking. Following this, students will continue to receive home testing kits and instructions to complete tests at home.

The portal for booking the onsite lateral flow tests will also act as a consent form and will provide the necessary information for you to provide consent.

On entering the school, students will need to complete a registration document that will allow us to record their test result and inform them of their result. This is a fairly straight forward process involving entering details on a website, but it can be time consuming on the first run through. It is also very important that students come to school with the following information: Home address including postcode and their mobile phone number (or a parents phone number if you would like the result sent here).  I would be very appreciative if you could show the following video to your child for them to be prepared to register.



Following registration students will be provided with guidance on how to complete the test by trained members of staff. For more information on this process please see the video below:


Lateral flow test results go directly to students’ phone and/or email address. We recommend that students bring their phones into school for this purpose. If a student receives a positive test result, the student will immediately be notified by the NHS to their phone or email and the child will be required to self-isolate for 10 days following the date of the test. If a positive result is received on the first test (between the 1st and 3rd September) students will already be on their way home and should self-isolate from when they return home.

Please can you call the school reception on 01634 543123 press Option 2 to inform us that your child has had a positive test.

I would like to thank you in advance for your support in allowing a safe and COVID secure return to school for our community and would like to summarise the following key points:

  • Students should only attend on the timeslot they have booked using the booking system make ‘booking system’ a link to the booking system
  • All tests between 1st and 3rd September will take place at the Ordnance Street site.
  • Please watch the two videos linked to above for guidance on registration and carrying out the test.


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Early Help

Early Help is a supportive service, exploring yours and your families’ wellbeing that will work with you to overcome challenges or issues. Early Help can access services and support from within their own service or via referral to relevant agencies e.g. counselling.

The Early Help service can make relevant referrals e.g. food bank, hygiene bank and are available during the summer break and beyond, so there are staff available Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm) and dependent on the support needed, you may be able to have a specific Early Help Worker to lead the support with you.

If you want to speak to a Hub directly to know what is available to you in your area you can call your local hub and ask to speak to their duty worker:

Strood Children and Family Hub – 01634 33 55 33

Chatham Children and Family Hub – 01634 33 88 33

Wayfield Children and Family Hub – 01634 33 77 33

Gillingham Children and Family Hub – 01634 33 88 77