About Our Covid-19 Test Centre

Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form – Our COVID-19 Testing Centre

 We have worked closely with public health experts and our Site Team to open a COVID-19 asymptomatic rapid testing facility, for our students and staff.


  • About the test centre including who the team are
  • Opening times
  • Personal data
  • Who the test centre is for
  • How to get a test – consent form completion required by parents
  • What to do if you have a symptoms
  • What to do if you receive a positive test result
  • Communicating with the school about self-isolation
  • What to do if someone you live with test positive
  • Returning to Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form

About the Test Centre

Our COVID-19 Testing Centre is located in the North Site Dining Hall (note: this dining facility has now relocated to the North Site Gym).

We are offering free tests for students and staff using Lateral Flow testing kits, which provide results within 30 minutes. When up to speed, we hope to have the capacity to test up to 300 students and/or staff per day, should we need to.

We continue to follow Government guidance to minimise the risk of transmission.  We will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the Centre, so you may not recognise us when you visit the Centre, so here is your Test Centre Team!

Opening Times

Our COVID-19 Testing Centre is open for staff on Tuesdays (09:00 – 11:00 and 13:00 – 14:30) and Fridays (11:30 – 14:30) and for students on Wednesdays (09:00 – 11:00).  This is the current plan until February half-term. Additional slots can be arranged if staff and/or students are not in the days mentioned above.

Personal Data

Your personal data will be collected and processed for the purpose of undertaking and processing the tests at our COVID-19 Testing Centre.  Read our Coronavirus Test and Trace Privacy Notice.

Who the Test Centre is For

Our COVID-19 Testing Centre is available on a voluntary basis to all Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form students and staff with no COVID-19 symptoms.

How to get a Test

Currently, only students and staff who are working/studying in school, and have provided consent, can undertake tests at the Centre.  Students who are on site will be tested weekly and staff, in line with Government guidelines will be tested twice weekly.

When you return to school, we expect all students to undertake two tests at our COVID-19 Testing Centre.  Your second test will take place three to five days after the first and it is advised that you minimise all social contact until you have received two negative test results.

Note – it is not mandatory for your child to have a test, if you do not give consent, they will still be able to come into school, as long as they have no COVID-19 symptoms.  It is however, essential that we know who has consented and who has not. If you have not already done so, please follow the link and complete a consent form as a matter of urgency, regardless of whether you are consenting or not.  This will enable the Test Centre Team to plan and schedule tests effectively and safely. 

Currently have 89% of the school population have completed the consent form – Thank you for your assistance in getting this done.

Consent Form

What to do if you have Symptoms

Stay home and self-isolate even if you have minor symptoms such as a cough, headache or a mild fever, until you recover. For further advice, please contact your Health Care provider or 111.  Please inform the school if your child is self-isolating and include the dates from and to.

What to do if you Receive a Positive Test Result

If you or your child receives a positive test result, you should self-isolate and book a confirmatory test through the NHS. Your child will not undertake a second test at the school’s test centre.

If your child has received a positive COVID-19 test result in the last 90 days, you will need to contact the COVID-19 Test Centre Leads as a matter of urgency.

Tell the school that You are Self-Isolating

If your child develops symptoms after receiving a positive test result, they should self-isolate for a further 10 days from the date their symptoms started and seek medical care where needed.

What to do if Someone you Live with Tests Positive

If someone in your household displays symptoms, or receives a positive test result for COVID-19, all other members of your household should stay at home for 10 days (whether they have symptoms or not). The 10-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill or – if they do not have symptoms – from the day their test was taken.

Click on this link for more information: How long to self-isolate (NHS website)

Returning to Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form

Refer to the latest Newsletter Issue 20 dated 26.02.21 – all students are expected to restart school on Wednesday 10 March 2021, unless they start to display symptoms of Coronavirus.