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Lateral Flow Testing

Asymptomatic Testing

Asymptomatic testing will resume in the spring term for all education workforce staff in early years, primary, secondary and FE settings as well as for students of secondary age and above.

Up to one-third of people who have coronavirus are asymptomatic. By testing, we will help to reduce the spread in school and college settings through asymptomatic transmission. I am therefore strongly encouraging those returning to school to be tested.


Plan for Testing

Staff are encouraged to test twice-weekly starting the evening or day before they return to school.

We are offering students one LFD test at our on-site Asymptomatic Test Site (ATS) on 5 January 2022 and 6 January 2022.

Following the initial on-site test, pupils will return home and continue with their remote learning on ClassCharts. Pupils can return to school the next day following a negative test result.

Year Group/Band Date Time Return to School
Year 7 East




 5 January 2022





6 January 2022

Year 7 West 9:15am-10:00am
Year 10 East 10:30am-11:15am
Year 10 West 11:15am-12:00pm
Year 11 East 12:30pm-1:30pm
Year 11 West 1:30pm-2:30pm
Year 8 East



6 January 2022




7 January 2022

Year 8 West 9:30am-10:30am
Year 9 East 10:30am-11:15am
Year 9 West 11:15am-12:00pm


 How the Tests Work

Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff and volunteers. The lateral flow tests are quick and easy to undertake, using a swab of the nose. Results (take around 15-20 minutes from testing) results will be shared directly with the individual participant only if positive. The school will inform the pupil of a positive test result. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed.

Testing is voluntary, but as a parent/carer you will need to give consent for it to be carried out. However, we strongly encourage your child to take part so we can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Please complete the paper consent and return it to the school office by Thursday 16 December 2021 or on the day of your child’s test.

You can withdraw your consent at any point by sending an in-app message via MyEd, emailing enquiry@hodgehill.bham.sch.uk or telephoning 0121 783 7807.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my child tests positive?

Those who test positive should isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test and continue to isolate if the result is positive. Schools are well prepared to implement high quality blended learning arrangements so that any child who is well enough to learn from home can do so.

If you are a close contact of a positive case, you do not need to isolate if:

  • You’re fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a Covid-19 vaccine given by the NHS
  • You’re under 18 years, 6 months old
  • You’re taking part or have taken part in a Covid-19 vaccine trial
  • You’re not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

But you are strongly advised to take a PCR test and then if positive, will need to isolate.

What if my child develops symptoms?

This testing programme at school is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (including a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate and book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

We will support our staff and pupils throughout, but please contact us on 0121 783 7807 if you have any questions.

Should I still take part in the asymptomatic testing programme if I have recently tested positive for COVID-19?

If a child has tested positive on a PCR in the last 90 days they should not participate in the return to school testing, as there is a risk it could display a false positive result.

Twice-weekly COVID-19 Testing at Home for Students

Following the success of the asymptomatic testing programme, it is vital for pupils to keep testing at home, twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays every week (3-4 days apart). 

 If you would like a testing kit for your child, please send us a text message via our MyEd app or contact the School Office on 0121 783 7807.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Self-Test Guide - Nose OnlySelf-Test Guide - Nose and ThroatVideo: How to do a COVID-19 Self-test (Rapid Antigen Test)


Reporting results

Each test result must be reported online to NHS Test & Trace and school straight away, whether it's positive, negative or void. This information is critical in helping the government to understand the prevalence of the virus across the country. It’s easy to do at:

Results can also be reported to NHS Test & Trace via telephone by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Lines are open every day, 7am to 11pm.

If the result of the test is void, pupils will need to do another test. 


Regular Rapid Lateral Flow Tests for Parents/Carers & Families


You can get regular rapid lateral flow tests if you do not have symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19).


 Why you should get tested regularly

About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others.

You should do a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

Even if you’re vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can pass COVID-19 on, so you should keep getting tested regularly.


Who can get regular rapid tests

Anyone who does not have symptoms can now get regular rapid lateral flow tests to check for COVID-19.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you need a different test called a PCR test. To get a PCR test, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.


How to get regular rapid tests


Reporting results

Each test result must be reported online to NHS Test & Trace on www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result, whether it's positive, negative or void. This information is critical in helping the government to understand the prevalence of the virus across the country.

For more information on COVID-19 testing, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/regular-rapid-coronavirus-tests-if-you-do-not-have-symptoms/.