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
What Type of Test is Being Used?
Consent for Testing
Current Test Schedule
Positive Results
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
More Information

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 the FHS Test Centre was successfully established for the reopening of school.

Testing Centre Plans for September 2021

In order to reduce the risk of transmission and support the continuation of face-to-face education, the government has asked all schools to make the necessary arrangements for all staff and students to receive two Covid-19 tests in school when they return in September 2021.  After receiving their second on-site test, students will be provided with a home test kit and asked to continue with twice weekly home testing until the end of September.  The government will continue to review the future need for testing in light of any changes to the public health situation..

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.

The school has written to parents of children under the age of 16 and to students aged 16 and over to seek their consent for testing upon return to school in September 2021. Even if parents/students have previously indicated consent during the 2020/21 school year, we are requesting an up to date confirmation for the new school year.

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)

  • The September 2021 (return to school) testing schedule will appear here in due course.

Return to School Testing

Many people who are currently carrying the virus don’t have any symptoms at all and could spread 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.  

Positive Results

If an individual receives a positive LFD result in the FHS Test Centre, they will be required to self-isolate and seek a confirmatory PCR test. If this PCR confirms the positive result, they must self-isolate for a period of 10 days as per the current Government guidance.

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

The asymptomatic testing programme is being paused for students in secondary
schools and colleges that will be closed over the summer holidays. Your child should
continue to test twice a week if they are attending face to face education in
school over the summer.

If you or your child are not attending a setting over the summer but wish to access
rapid lateral flow testing, you can continue to do so by ordering LFD test kits from
GOV.UK or by collecting kits from your local pharmacy.

After students have completed two on-site tests at school when they return in September, they will be provided with home test kits which they will be expected to use to test twice weekly until the end of September. The government will confirm any further testing plans following a review in September.

In September (after completing their initial two tests at school) 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: