COVID-19 Student Testing

Due to the recent announcement that all schools will be re-opening fully on 8th March and our decision to stagger the start in order for adequate testing to take place for all staff and students, we would now like to invite students in to be tested three times for COVID-19 prior to returning to school.

Testing will be carried out at the Academy using a lateral flow device test kit. Letters detailing the testing arrangements for each year group as well as an overall schedule can be found in the downloads below.

Please watch the video below in which Vice Principal Mr Cardigan guides you through the testing process:

Further information about the test can be found in the ‘Testing Process’ document in the Downloads section below.

Consent Form Links:

We do require your consent in order to begin testing. Please therefore click on the relevant link(s) below to complete the COVID Testing Student Consent Form  in order to record whether you provide your consent or chose for your child not to be tested. We encourage every student to be tested, but it is not compulsory.

Year 7 COVID Testing Student Consent Form (must be completed before Wednesday 3rd March)

Year 8 COVID Testing Student Consent Form (must be completed before Tuesday 2nd March)

Year 9 COVID Testing Student Consent Form (must be completed before Monday 1st March)

Year 10 COVID Testing Student Consent Form (must be completed before Monday 1st March)

Year 11 COVID Testing Student Consent Form (must be completed before Monday 1st March)

Please read the appropriate letter(s) for your child(s)’ year group(s) below for full details regarding their test schedule(s) and instructions for testing.


Asymptomatic (AST) Student Home Testing


As the students complete their 3rd in school test we will issue them with a home testing kit, along with a step-by-step guide of how to administer the test. The 2 packs will include 6 tests in total. Once your child takes the test kit, it means you’re consenting to the test being administered at home.  With the test and booklet will be a letter describing the home testing process and including the students UPN number.

Tests should be completed every Sunday and Wednesday evening. Please remind your child not to eat or drink 30 minutes before they take their test.

Asymptomatic (AST) Home Testing Start Dates:

Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 – Sunday 14th March 2021

Year 7 – Wednesday 17th March 2021


The guidebook will take you through each step and detail how to record your result on the government website Details are located on page 15 of the booklet.

Please also report your result to the school using the Student Home Testing Results form and entering your child’s unique UPN number, detailed at the top of the letter issued to each student with the test pack. Please note if you have more than one child at Penrice Academy, you will need to complete one form per child. The link to the form can be found in the letter that was sent out with the packs. 

Additionally positive results should be communicated to our school attendance officer Emily Bennett via the absence line 01726 72163 option 1 or

Following a positive test result, you will then need to confirm the result and take a PCR test. These are available at your local test centre and further details are available in the guidebook.

If you have further questions regarding this process please do email –