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! 

FHS Test Centre

In December, 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.

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.

Consent for Testing

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)

  • Thursday 7 January 2021 – Years 10-13 students attending Open School (first test)
  • Friday 8 January 2021 – Years 8-9 students attending Open School (first test)
  • Monday 11 January 2021 – Year 7 students attending Open School (first test)

As part of the ‘mass testing’ when students first return to school, they will be tested twice within a period of 3-5 days.

Staff will be tested routinely on a weekly basis.

‘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.

‘Serial’ Testing

Serial testing used for those who have been identified as a close contact of a positive case at school to enable them to remain in school, providing they test daily and continue to receive a negative result.