FHS COVID-19 Test Centre

You will already know that we have all worked hard since September to keep our Formby High School community as safe for everyone as we can.  Every one of you has played your part – arriving at school at your set time, wearing your mask,  staying in your bubble and sanitising your hands. Thank you! 

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FHS Test Centre
Testing During National Lockdown/School Closure
What Type of Test is Being Used?
Consent for Testing
Current Test Schedule
Mass Testing
Positive Results
Mass Testing for the Re-Opening of Schools in March 2021
Re-Opening Testing Schedule
Should I Participate If I have Tested Positive?
Home Testing Kits for Students
Covid-19 Self-Test Help
Four Easy Stages
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FHS Test Centre

In December 2020, the Government announced plans for schools to set up their own Covid-19 testing centres from January 2021. Over the Christmas break, Formby High School worked hard to plan and prepare the necessary facility ready for the return of staff and students in January.

Whilst students did not return as planned due to the announcement of the National lockdown on Monday 4 January 2021, we continued to finalise our preparations and are delighted that the FHS Test Centre is now successfully up and running.

Testing during National Lockdown / School Closure

Due to the national lockdown, the Test Centre is currently only being used for staff and those students attending ‘Open School’ for children of critical workers and vulnerable children. The roll-out of testing began on 7 January 2021. Testing is voluntary; however, the school strongly recommends members of its community to participate to protect the safety of everyone involved.

What type of test is being used?

The FHS Test Centre is using Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests which provide quick and effective results. To find out more about LFD tests and how these work, please visit this Public Health Matters page on gov.uk.

The school will only test staff/students who have confirmed consent to do so. For students under 16, parental consent is required. Students 16 or over can consent directly. Consent records have been collected by the school in mid December. If your child is currently attending Open School and you have not yet provided consent and wish to do so, kindly email: admin@formbyhighschool.com to receive the electronic consent form link.

On the sidebar to the right of this page you will find links to correspondence shared with students and parents regarding consent and Privacy Notices confirming the data protection arrangements involved.

Current Test Schedule (Open School only)

  • Open School routine testing
  • Staff testing twice weekly

‘Mass’ Testing

Many people who are currently carrying the virus don’t have any symptoms at all and may be spreading Covid-19 without realising.  Mass testing will mean that we will be able to keep school open and running much more effectively than without it.  It will help to keep everyone in school and your family as safe and well as possible.  To do this we will need you to play your part and take the test.  

Currently mass testing is taking place for those attending Open School only and it is our intention that other students will be tested on their return to school after lockdown.

Positive Results

If an individual receives a positive LFD result in the FHS Test Centre, they will be required to self-isolate for a period of 10 days as per the current Government guidance. On 27 January, the Government announced that a confirmatory PCR test is no longer required following a positive LFD test at school and individuals must self-isolate immediately.

Mass Testing for the Re-opening of Schools March 2021

On 22 February the Prime Minister confirmed that schools will fully re-open on 8 March 2021. Secondary schools are required to test students on their return to the classroom.

Re-opening Testing Schedule

Students will require three Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests as they return to school and prior to commencing self-testing at home using test kits supplied by the school.  Students in Years 8 to 13 will attend school just to be tested for their first two tests, returning home immediately after their test (unless attending Open School).  I would ask that all students attending school to test on Thursday 4 March and Friday 5 March avoid using public transport; if your child is unable to walk or cycle to school, please try to arrange drop off and pick up if possible.  Year 7 students will attend school just to be tested for their first test only, returning home immediately after testing (unless attending Open School).  Students must report directly to the Sports Hall at their allotted time and enter via the doors adjacent to the boys’ changing room. 

Students will only be tested if the school has received the appropriate consent for them to do so (parental consent for under 16s and student consent if they are aged 16 or over).

Parents of students who return a positive result in school will be contacted immediately to collect their child and self-isolate according to government guidelines.  Please note that a confirmatory PCR test is not required for students returning positive LFD tests in school.

After students have completed their third and final test at school, they will be provided with home testing kits which they should use in accordance with guidelines.  We will provide more information about home testing in due course.

Should I participate in testing if I have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks?

Please click here to read the guidance in relation to this question.

Home Testing Kits for Students

During week beginning 15 March 2021, students will be completing their third and final test at school. During this last test session, they will be guided through the whole process (from swabbing to results processing) under the supervision of the trained operatives in the Test Centre so that we are confident students know what to do.  They will also be informed how to submit results. 

Students will then be issued with their home testing kit – the tests are assigned to students through kit numbers and must not be used by anyone else.

Students should take the test two times every week, ideally before school on Monday and Thursday mornings.  They must make sure they have enough time to do the test in the morning before going to school.  However, we understand that for some people this may be challenging and, in these cases, tests can be taken the evening before school if needed (Sunday and Wednesday evenings before bed).  

Help and support is available, including instructions in different languages, on how to test and report the results and a video showing you how to take the test is also available to watch. 

There is no need to keep used test equipment after the test result has been reported.  You can put it in your normal bin (household waste). 

Testing at home does not replace symptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test and follow national guidelines.    

Can students take the test themselves?  

  • Students aged 18 and over should do the test themselves and report the result, with help if they need it.  
  • Students aged 12 to 17 should do the test themselves with adult supervision.  The adult may help the child to take the test if they need support and ensure the result is reported. 
  • Students aged 11 must be tested by an adult and the adult must report the result.  

Students need to report each test result 

  • The result of each test must be reported using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result.  
  • Students will also need to tell the school the result of each test by returning a very quick results form online using MS Forms. The link to this form will be provided with the test kit.

COVID-19 Self-Test Help

More information can also be found via the links below: