Home Testing

For parents / carers who have requested a home testing kit, you will receive a kit containing 3 tests. We may issue pupils two kits on a fortnightly basis. Upon collection of your kit, please check to ensure there is no damage and that you have received a set of instructions for use (without a picture). Please discard the instructions inside the test kit.

Tests should be carried out if possible, in the mornings before attending school, and carried out twice a week or every 3 days. We would suggest a test on a Sunday evening/Monday morning and a Wednesday evening/Thursday morning.

Test kits must be stored safely and securely indoors in temperatures between 2-30 degrees but not in a fridge or freezer. They must be used at room temperature between 15-30 degrees.

How to Do a Rapid COVID-19 Self-Test

The video below shows you how to test yourself for coronavirus (COVID-19) using a self-test rapid antigen test kit, as well as how to read your result and report it to the NHS. Actual test kits may vary slightly from the version used here, so please always check the instruction leaflet in your kit.

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How to Do a Rapid COVID-19 Self-Test PDF

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Reporting Your Test Result

Once you've taken a rapid test at home, you will need to record your result with Voyage Learning Campus and NHS Test & Trace on the same day you take the test.

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Household Testing

The following people in England will have access to regular rapid lateral flow testing made available to them as schools and colleges reopen:

  • secondary school pupils and college students
  • staff of primary and secondary schools and colleges
  • households, childcare and support bubbles of primary and secondary-age pupils and college students
  • households, childcare and support bubbles of staff of primary and secondary schools and colleges

Primary school pupils will not be asked to test at this time.

If you’re a member of a household, childcare bubble of a pupil, student or staff of a school or college, you can get a twice-weekly test:

Get a test through your employer

Your workplace may offer rapid lateral flow testing to you. Contact your employer to find out more.

Take a test at a rapid lateral flow test site

You can take a rapid lateral flow test at a local site. Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator.

You may need to book an appointment.

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Collect test kits

You can collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point.

Anyone 18 or over can collect.

Most collection points are open from 1.30pm to 7pm. You can check online if the location is open or busy before you go. You do not need to make an appointment.

Do not visit a collection point outside opening hours, as it may be used to test people with coronavirus symptoms outside these times.

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Order home test kits online

If you cannot get tested at your workplace, or are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a home test kit online.

Do not order online if you can get a test through other methods. This frees up home delivery for those who need it most.