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Covid-19 Testing

The Department for Education has provided updated guidance to schools to ensure they remain COVID-safe in September 2021.  The guidance is available to read here.

You can read the risk assessment here for carryout Covid-19 tests.  

These tests are taken at home and the results reported to the NHS Track and Trace. Here is some information to help you with testing at home.

A Guide for Parents and Carers

An Easy Read Guide to Taking the Test

Please watch the video below and read the overview of the process. Please DO NOT self-test if you have had a positive COVID test result within 90 days of the date of taking your test. 

Your test results will be uploaded using the test and trace system, whether they are positive or negative or void.


For students younger than 16 years old – the consent form must be completed by the parent or legal guardian. (Please complete one consent form for each child you wish to be tested).

Students over 16 who are able to provide informed consent, can complete this form themselves, having discussed participation with their parent / guardian, if under 18. The consent form applies to multiple tests.

Please fill in the consent form electronically and return it to us by email to: covidconsent@valentines-sch.org.uk as soon as possible, so we can begin testing promptly when schools are given permission by the Department of Education. You may also post the consent form to the school office.

For further information, please see a Frequently Asked Questions Sheet, a Consent Form, a Data Protection Form, a Covid Testing Privacy Statement and a VHS Privacy Notice below.

Further Advice and Information 

London Borough of Redbridge Coronavirus Information Hub: 


London Borough of Redbridge Wellbeing Service

The Department of Education Cornonavirus (Covid-19) helpline is available to answer questions relating to education and children's social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Email:  DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) and 10am to 4pm (Saturday and Sunday)

Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

Guidance for educational settings: