Rapid Testing at Home

March 11th, 2021

Testing is important because staff and students without symptoms could be carrying the virus and may spread it to others. Testing staff and students will support the school to operate as safely as possible. Simple and quick tests, known as Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests, enable us to rapidly test students and staff, without the need for a laboratory.


What is a Rapid Lateral Flow Test?


Who can take the test?


Adults aged 18+: Self-test and report, with assistance if needed.
Adolescents aged 12 – 17: Self-test and report with adult supervision. The adult may conduct the test as necessary.
Children under 12: Children under 12 years of age should be tested by an adult. Do not conduct this test if you do not feel confident testing a child.



Before you begin

Read the whole instruction guide booklet before starting the test:

Step-by-step guide for COVID-19 self-testing



Testing yourself – easy read guide



What you need to do:


Video Guide to Self Testing

Waiting for test to develop

Once the test sample has been processed as per the instructions in the guidance booklet, the test strip should be placed on a flat level surface and not moved for 30 minutes.

We recommend setting a timer, such as a kitchen timer or a timer on a mobile phone. Waiting the full 30-minute development time before you read your result is very important.


  • You will see the control line (C) begin to appear after about 4 minutes. You must wait 30 minutes before your result is ready.
  • Do not leave the test to develop for longer than 30 minutes as this will make the result void.




Reading the Results

Void Result
If you get a void result, this means that the test has not run correctly. You need to take another test. Use a new test kit, but do not reuse anything from the first kit.


Reporting your Result


You must report your results to the NHS, whether it is positive, negative or void.


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