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Lateral Flow Testing

We have a set testing area for students. The tests will be for those without coronavirus symptoms, using new and quicker COVID-19 tests known as ‘lateral flow tests’.

Along with the other protective measures we are taking, these tests will help staff and students to remain in College safely. Up to one third of people who have coronavirus experience no symptoms. By testing we will help to stop the virus spread and help to keep College open as safely as possible.

Once you have had your test booked for you, please attend at your specified time slot, not earlier or later, as it will be really busy.

Every test must be pre-booked. Please do not turn up without booking a test.

  • Consent

    Consent must be given before you can take your first test

    You, or your parent or legal guardian must complete the attached form before you come for your first test. You do not have to fill this in again for your second or third tests.

    If you are aged 16+ student

    Students over the age of 16 are considered to have ‘informed consent’ and can complete the form themselves, although we encourage you to discuss your participation with your parent or guardian.

    If you are the parent or guardian of a student with special needs

    A parent or guardian of any student who is not able to provide ‘informed consent’ should complete the form on their behalf.

    Staff

    All members of staff should complete the form themselves.

    There should be one consent form completed for every individual who is participating in testing before their first test.

    Please note, you do not have to complete a consent form before your second and third tests, only before your first test.

  • Test registration

    From College

    Before your test at college, you need to register your test (please see below link) and you can do this at any time before your test. 
    Please go to www.gov.uk/enter-lateral-flow-test and follow the steps to create an account.

    From home

    When taking the test at home, you will need to register your test and record the results after you have taken the test. Please go to www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result or you can report your results via telephone by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines, lines are open 7am - 11pm).

  • Taking the test at college

    The leaflet below shows you how to do the test. Don’t worry, staff will be there to advise you when you take the test.

    NHS How to do your test.

    Positive results will be shared directly and confidentially with students participating immediately. All results will be uploaded to the government website and you should receive official confirmation of your results within 48 hours of taking the test. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed.

  • Taking the test at home

    You will receive a step by step guide for Covid-19 self testing when you receive your home testing kit, please follow this guide carefully.

    You will need to register your test and record the results after you have taken the test. Please go to www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result or you can report your results via telephone by calling 119 (free from mobiles and landlines, lines are open 7am - 11pm).

    If you receive a positive result from your home lateral flow test, please forward your result notification to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and do not come into college. You will need to follow the latest government guidelines.

  • How many tests will need to be taken?

    Every student must take a first test at College. When seen to be competent at self testing, students will be given home testing kits with a step by step guide. Students will then need to continue to take additional tests at home every 3 days (72 hours), Monday-Friday during term time and depending on their timetable. 

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What do I need before taking the test at college?
    • Wear a face covering to college especially if travelling on public transport
    • Limit the amount of belongings you bring with you
    • Bring a smartphone if you have one to register your test*
    • Bring your student ID badge

    *If you don't have a smartphone, you can still register using a college device

    Do I require a test at college if I take them regularly outside college?
    No, you do not need to repeat the tests - but should send your results to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to coming into College.

    What if I test positive at College?
    Participating students who test positive will be informed about their results individually. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be notified. Guidance on safe travel and additional precautions will be provided along with test results. You will need to self-isolate immediately and follow the government guidelines.

    What if I test positive with my home test?

    If you receive a positive result from your home lateral flow test, please forward your result notification to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and do not come into college. You will need to follow the latest government guidelines.

    What happens if the test is negative?
    If your test is negative you will be able to stay/come into College and follow your timetabled classes as normal. A small number of students may need to repeat the test if the first test was invalid or void.

    What if a close contact at college tests positive?
    You will be notified and will need to self-isolate and follow the government guidelines.

    What if I develop symptoms?
    This testing programme is for people with no symptoms. If you develop symptoms at any time (such as a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) you must immediately self-isolate, and book a test by calling 119 or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

    Where will I be tested?
    All lateral flow testing will be conducted in the Auditorium in the main College building, Langhorn Drive.

    Can I attend classes before my test appointment?
    Yes, if your appointment is scheduled later that day but you need to attend your allocated time.

    Can I get a home testing kit for my parent or guardian?
    No, your parent or guardian can request a home testing kit through their local testing centre. We only provide kits for students and staff.

    Will H.E. students be back at College?
    Yes, all students will be returning to college.

    I am an adult learner; will I be coming back on 8th March?
    Yes.

    I don’t know my NHS number, can I still have a test?
    Yes.

    I can’t find my student ID badge, can I still have a test?
    Yes, as long as you have some other form of ID, or a tutor can identify you.

    Will a staff member be able to help me undertake the test?
    You need to be able to take the swab test yourself, however staff members will be on hand for support. For SEND students further support is provided.

    Do I need to wear a mask or face covering?
    Yes, you will have to wear a mask when attending the testing facility, but this will of course need to be removed to take the test.

    How will you use the information I give you?
    Please refer to the college testing privacy statement

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