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Updated on 30 April 2021 11:20

Sections updated: Twice-weekly COVID-19 Testing at Home, Exams, Free School Meals, Roadmap out of Lockdown

Twice-weekly COVID-19 Testing at Home

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), in the morning before school if possible and, if not, the evening before. 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.

 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.

Testing for Parents, Households and Bubbles Twice a Week

Regular rapid testing is now also available for parents, their households and support or childcare bubbles. The government is encouraging all families to participate in twice-weekly testing to help stop the spread. Parents and other adults in the household can access tests by: 

  • Ordering tests online www.gov.uk/order-school-household-tests
  • Getting an assisted test at work, if it is available
  • Attending a test site to get tested (where you will be able to see how to take the test) or pick up tests to do at home

To find out more on school household testing, please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/rapid-lateral-flow-testing-for-households-and-bubbles-of-school-pupils-and-staff.

 We continue to encourage everyone to take part in regular COVID-19 testing.

Privacy Notice

Step-by-step Guide for COVID-19 Self-testing

Video: How to do a COVID-19 Self-test (Rapid Antigen Test)

Public Health Testing Scenario




Further action



Order a test for people with symptoms online or call 119.

Stay at home while you are waiting for a home test kit, a test site appointment or a test result. Do not use the rapid lateral flow testing service as this is only for people without symptoms.







No symptoms (regular testing)




Secondary school pupils and college students




Every 3-4 days a rapid test needs to be completed.


Follow the instructions set out in the home test kit. For information on how to do your test


Report your test result online or by calling 119.




Negative Result


Complete another rapid test in 3-4 days’ time and keep following all coronavirus advice such as hand washing.


Positive Result


Tell your workplace if you test positive.


You must:

Staff of primary or secondary schools and colleges (including temporary, part time, voluntary)


If your child is self-isolating, either individually or as part of identified close contacts, they will need to remain at home during the isolation period. If your child displays COVID-19 symptoms during this time, please notify the school and ensure that they get a test. Once you have received the results, please let the school know the outcome. If your child develops symptoms associated with COVID-19 whilst at school, we will isolate them immediately. We will contact you and require that you collect them immediately from school. Please take them straight home and follow the same process outlined below:


Contact the NHS and request a COVID-19 Test from them either online or by calling 119.

Do not visit your GP, pharmacy, hospital or other healthcare provider. Call 999 if emergency care is needed.


Your child (and other people in your household) should isolate for 10 days after symptoms appear.


Get a test. Keep your child at home until they get their results.


You should receive your results within 72 hours. If the test is negative, your child and household may stop isolating although they must not return to school until they are well. Please inform us of a negative test result immediately.


If your child tests positive for Coronavirus, contact tracers will contact you to inform you of the isolation regulations you will need to follow. Please inform us of a positive test result immediately.


School attendance is mandatory and our usual rules on attendance apply.

As a reminder, pupils must self-isolate and not come to school if they:

  • Have coronavirus symptoms or have tested positive
  • Live with someone who has symptoms or have tested positive
  • Are a close contact of someone who has tested positive


Our Safety Measures

We are doing everything we can to make sure our pupils stay safe in school. We are taking the following protective measures:

  • We ask that all pupils wear a face covering in classrooms, communal areas and corridors. This is in line with the latest government guidance for schools
  • Pupils are kept in year group bubbles during break and lunchtimes and are expected to maintain social distancing wherever possible
  • We are continuing with staggered start and finish times for each year group, with the use of different entrances and a slightly altered school day. Please ensure that your child does not arrive at school before their designated start time to avoid congestion on the pavement outside the school gates
  • Where pupils need to move to a different classroom they are walked to a collection point and picked up by their next teacher so that there is no unsupervised lesson change over causing congestion



Pupils are expected to attend school in full uniform, including Hodge Hill College tie, blazer and black shoes. To avoid the need to use the changing rooms which are smaller than classrooms, on the days your child has PE, they need to attend school in their PE kit if they are in Years 7, 8 and 9.

Full details of the school PE kit can be found here: https://www.hodgehill.bham.sch.uk/Parents/Uniform/. No hoodies are allowed to be worn in school and jogging bottoms must be plain navy.

Please ensure your child brings with them each day:

  • A school bag
  • A reusable water bottle with water only
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitiser


Remote Learning

We are providing remote learning for pupils who are self-isolating. All lessons and learning take place on Class Charts and pupils should follow their normal school timetable. Resources include recorded video lessons and you will be contacted regularly about your child’s engagement and progress. We are providing weekly assemblies, form time activities and enrichment through the platform. For more information:

Remote Learning

Our Remote Learning Plan FAQsClassCharts ‘How to...’ GuideContact DetailsUseful WebsitesDaily Sessions


Letter from Councillors of Birmingham City Council to Families on Remote Learning


In February 2021, the Education Secretary announced that GCSE examinations would not go ahead this summer. We have added some information about this year's exam results on the examinations page of our website. You can find details of the assessments each subject will use, the appeals process and how to let us know if your child requires special consideration: 

Hodge Hill College - Examinations

Free School Meals

If your child is self-isolating, we will continue to provide food parcels during this period if you are entitled to Free School Meals. In the immediate term, if you require food support, please contact fsm@hodgehill.bham.sch.uk so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Government funding has been extended and the Local Authority will be providing Free School Meal vouchers to cover the May half-term holidays. You will be sent the vouchers directly to your email as soon as they are made available to us. 

We encourage parents/carers to apply for Free School Meals through the online service found on: www.hodgehill.bham.sch.uk/Parents/FSM/. Parents/carers can also come into school if they require assistance in completing the online form and we are happy to help with this application over the telephone too.

COVID-19 Catch Up Funding Strategy

The Government COVID-19 catch-up premium has been created to soften the effects of the unique disruption caused by Coronavirus. The grant will only be available for the 2020-2021 academic year. Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support pupils to catch up for lost teaching time over the previous months.  Below is a summary of the focus areas for Hodge Hill College: 

COVID-19 Catch Up Funding Strategy


Roadmap out of Lockdown - Step 2