Update: 15 April
From Monday 19th April, there will be one on-site testing centre for students. This will be at The Job Shop in our Old Mill Lane campus building.
As before, the tests will be for those without coronavirus symptoms, using new, 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.
The majority of our students will now more to home testing. Information can be found here.
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 a student aged 16+
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 a student aged 14 -16
If you are under 16 years old then the form should be completed by a parent or legal 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.
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.
Before your test, you need to register with the NHS. 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.
If you do not give Consent to take the test
If you do not want to take part in testing you must tell us. Please complete the form on the following page: Covid-19 Testing; No Consent.
A meeting will then arranged with you, the Head of Department and your parents/guardians to discuss.
Taking the test
This video will explain what happens when you arrive to take your test.
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.
Results (which take around half an hour from testing) will be shared directly with students participating. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed.
How many tests will need to be taken?
Every student must take a first test recording a negative result before attending College. Students will then need to take a second and third test, between 3-and-5 days apart. After each test, each student will need to register the bar code for that test on their NHS account. After the third tests, students will then be required to take home tests regularly. Further guidance on this will be provided shortly.
Frequently Asked Questions
What you need to know before your test
Do I need to register with the NHS?
Yes, before your Covid test, you must register with the NHS. Please go to www.gov.uk/enter-lateral-flow-test and follow the steps to create an account. Once you have registered your NHS account you will need to register the bar code for each test you take on your account.
Do I still need to do Covid testing if I’ve had the vaccine?
Yes, even if you have had your vaccine you still need to participate in the Covid testing programme and should follow all the steps above.
What if I test positive?
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. If there is a positive case, we know immediately once the final result is read and we act straight away. This is irrespective of whether the student has received their NHS text message or not. 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 happens if the test is negative?
If your test is negative you will be able to stay in 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 for some reason.
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?
The College has now reduced the number of testing sites, as numbers requiring on-site tests drops. The on-site testing site will be at The Job Shop at our Old Mill Lane campus.
Home testing kits can be collected from Eastgate House. If students would prefer to complete their home test on-site, specialist rooms have been set up in Eastgate for students to conduct their home test. Please note, those who opt to test on-site must remain in the testing room for 30 minutes to await the test results.
The test results must still be registered with the College and the NHS.
Can I attend classes before my test appointment?
No – you must take your test before attending class.
Can I get a home testing kit for my parent or guardian?
Not from College. The government is encouraging parents/carers in households with school or college children to get tested but this needs to be arranged separately. Home testing kits can be ordered directly from the NHS website. More information from the NHS is available here.
When will HE students be back at College?
Arrangements for the return of HE students on practical courses, who need to access specialist facilities and equipment, will be communicated accordingly. The Government has announced that the return of other HE students will be reviewed shortly based on the latest data.
I am an adult learner, when will I be coming back?
Further details will be provided on which students are expected back on which dates in due course.
I don’t know my NHS number, can I still have a test?
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 tutor be able to help do the test for me?
No. If you need parental support, they need to be pre-booked. Please get in touch. Ring the helpline 01226 216835.
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.
I haven’t received a text with a test appointment and my classmate has.
Have you changed your mobile number? Ring the helpline 01226 216835.
Can I attend at the same time as my friend?
No. Everyone must pre-book their appointments and attend at the allotted day, time and place.
How will you use the information I give you?
Please read our Privacy Notice – How we will use your information to find out how we use your data.
Last updated: 15th April 2021