Home Self Testing Information

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.


Newham Covid 19 Return To School Resources

Information update 14/1/22


You will continue to get reminders to test twice a week. Please share the result with us <here>. The NHS are also asking us all to report tests <here> – this allows them to monitor levels of infection in the community. We will distribute more LFTs at the end of next week.

Positive LFT Results

If you get a positive result but are asymptomatic, there is no need to get a PCR test. You should only book a PCR test if you have symptoms of Covid 19 or need to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment. The day you test positive on a LFT is Day 0. Please notify the school in the usual way via SchoolComms or by calling during school hours. There is no need to use the Out of Hours email address.


Students who are isolating and are well enough to do so, should be checking SatchelOne and GoogleClassroom for work. If there are any issues or questions, please encourage them to contact their class teacher of Year Leader via email.

End of Isolation and Return to School

The time frame has now been reduced to five full days.

  • Day 0 – Test positive on LFT
  • Day 5 – 8am – Take a LFT test, if negative, take a test on…
  • Day 6 – 8am – Take a LFT test, if negative, return to school on this day (Day 5 and 6 tests must be 24 hours apart)

If you son/daughter still is testing positive on the LFT, they must remain at home until they have tested negative on two consecutive days OR get to Day 10 – and they can return to school on Day 11.

If you son/daughter still has a fever they must not return to school on Day 6 or Day 11. Their fever must have gone before returning to school.

Close Contact

If someone in the household or any other close contact tests positive, your son/daughter needs to take a LFT every day for 7 days. They can still attend school. If they have symptoms, or tests positive themselves, they need to stay at home. They can request more LFT from their Year Leader.

Face Coverings

These remain in place for students and staff, except those with medical exemptions. The students have been excellent at wearing these and have shown a great commitment to keeping one another safe. Please do make sure your son/daughter has at least one spare face covering with them.


These may be offered in school again including first and booster doses, but we are not sure when this will be. If you want to get a vaccine, please use the following sites: Book a Vaccine or Newham Vaccine Clinics (inc Walk In)

DfE Letter – Confirmed Case in School 

Important definitions:

  • School bubble – a large group used to reduce contact between students within school
  • Support bubble – a household group with an additional member (ie grandparent)
  • Self-isolate – a period spend at home to avoid spreading Covid-19