December 21 update

Testing using LFDs/Close contacts

All staff and students should test over the holidays in line with national guidance. This means that they should test if they will be in a high risk situation that day and before visiting people who are at higher risk of severe illness if they get Covid 19. 

Please note the arrangements for contact tracing have not changed for schools and NHS Test and Trace will continue to contact any identified close contacts of positive cases.

All adults who are fully vaccinated and children aged 5 to 18 years and 6 months, identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 – whether Omicron or not are now being strongly advised to take lateral flow device (LFD) tests every day for 7 days instead of self-isolating. Once notified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact, all those who are eligible should take an LFD each day for 7 days and report the results as instructed and to their setting. If they test negative, they can continue to attend their education setting.

If they test positive, they should self-isolate and order a PCR test to confirm the result. If the PCR is positive, they must self-isolate for 10 days. If the PCR test is negative, they no longer need to self-isolate but should continue to carry out the remainder of the daily tests, and only need to isolate if it is positive.

Your child should have sufficient tests to use over the holiday period but we would also recommend that parents continue to try local pharmacies and the online government order form Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) as we have been told that stocks will be available soon. 

Visiting school

Please make an appointment. Parents cannot just arrive at reception and expect to see staff immediately. We strongly encourage parents and visitors to take a lateral flow test (LFD) before coming to school to protect our staff.

Testing timetable/staggered start - January 2022

6th form

Return to school Wednesday 5th January

Testing Wednesday 5th during registration; lessons start Period 1 as normal (including travel to GSHS) 

Year 11

Return to school Wednesday 5th January

Testing Wednesday 5th during Period 1; lessons start Period 2 (all students will have science in an adaptation of the timetable for those who will ordinarily have missed this Period 1)

Check the schedule below for arrival time between 8.30-9.40am by tutor group

Year 10

Return to school Thursday 6th January - normal school day timings

Students will need to attend school for their on-site test on Wednesday 5th, by tutor group.

Check the schedule below for arrival time between 10.00-10.50am by tutor group

Year 9

Return to school Thursday 6th January - normal school day timings

Students will need to attend school for their on-site test on Wednesday 5th, by tutor group.

Check the schedule below for arrival time between 11.15am-12.25pm by tutor group

Year 8

Return to school Thursday 6th January - normal school day timings

Students will need to attend school for their on-site test on Wednesday 5th, by tutor group. Check the schedule below for arrival time between 12.45-2.15pm by tutor group

Year 7

Return to school Thursday 6th January - normal school day timings

Students will need to attend school for their on-site test on Wednesday 5th, by tutor group.

Check the schedule below for arrival time between 2.25-3.25pm by tutor group

January 2022 On-site LFT testing

Testing timetable - Wednesday 5th January

 

Time students should arrive at school for their test - normal entrance via cafe doors

Students are being tested in tutor groups - find your tutor group below.

Try not to arrive more than 10 mins beforehand as you will be asked to wait outside.

7.45

Year 12/13 students travelling to GSHS for lessons

8-8.30

Y12/13 - by tutor groups

8.30

11RT

8.45

11LMO/KJ

9.00

11PKE

9.10

11BJO

9.20

11MCH

9.30

11AT

9.40

11JDU

10.00

10DP

10.10

10HM

10.20

10HR

10.30

10LHA

10.40

10SN

10.50

10LH/AJ

11.15

9SAT

11.25

9BT

11.35

9AM

11.45

9AHO

11.55

9LHO

12.05

9MR

12.15

9LMK

12.25

9RD

12.45

8KL

12.55

8MH

1.05

8LL

1.45

8RH

1.55

8DH

2.05

8AHA

2.15

8GS

2.25

7KB

2.35

7LCH

2.45

7ES

2.55

7JFM

3.05

7HB

3.15

7AC

3.25

7MA

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