You can find links to our resources related to testing for covid on this page.

If you have any questions about the testing of students for covid please either telephone the school or email testing@tgschool.net

Update 3 January, testing after having Covid

The government have updated their advice in the last couple of days about testing after Covid. They are now strongly encouraging people to restart testing after a positive PCR, this includes young people at schools.

This is the most recent guidance.

"Even if someone has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, they are strongly encouraged to take part in LFD testing on-site via ATS or at home once they have completed their isolation period for their prior infection."

https://educationhub.blog.gov.uk/2022/01/03/what-to-expect-when-schools-colleges-universities-and-early-years-settings-return-after-the-christmas-break/

January Return

The government has specified that all pupils of secondary age should be tested for covid prior to coming back to school in January.

To enable us to facilitate this, reduce the risk of transmission and support the continuation of face-to-face education, we will be implementing a phased start to the new term to allow the testing to be completed safely.   

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING DATES:

  • Tuesday 4th January 2022 - Students in years 10,11,12,13will be tested in the Sports Hall

  • Wednesday 5th January 2022 - Students in years 7,8,9 will be tested in the Sports Hall.

  • Thursday 6th January 2022 - All students to attend for their first full day of term 

To book a test time for your child please use the booking system at

Further details and dates for January testing are available in the letter emailed to parents which is also linked from the resources section of this page.

How to take the Orient Gene Nasal swab

Instructions on Registering Tests Online

When students have completed their Lateral Flow Test, they will return home with a letter and a unique barcode. The test has to be registered online. 

To register the kit you need your personal test barcode, the centre ID which is TGSV and then visit https://test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/register-kit 

Testing if you have Symptoms, as a Close Contact or to Confirm a Test Result

Covid tests within school are only for students who do not have any of the symptoms associated with covid:

  • a high temperature

  • a new, continuous cough

  • you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed

If you have any of those symptoms you should not attend school. You must book a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. You will also be asked to book a PCR test if you are identified as a close contact of a student who tests positive on a PCR test, or if you test positive on your school based or home taken Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Test. Contact tracing is carried out by the NHS Test and Trace team. You should contact the school if you test positive on either test.

To book a PCR test use the government website:

https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test 

Tests for Family Members Without Symptoms

You can find details of testing for people without symptoms at https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/getting-a test/covid-19-asymptomatic-testing/ . Home test kits for family members can be picked up from libraries and pharmacies,or ordered online from https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests