Year 8 On-Site COVID Lateral Flow Testing

Class of Leigh Academy students looking to the front of the classroom.

Dear Parents/Carers,

Following on from the Principal’s letter regarding the start of the new academic year, I wanted to write with year group specific details for COVID Lateral Testing.

I have been working with Year 7 this academic year and have really enjoyed getting to know the students and supporting them to make the transition from primary school. Whilst we are returning to the college structure next year, with the first point of contact being your child’s tutor or college admin, I will be keeping a responsibility for overall communication and lead on the tutor time programme, year group specific events and fortnightly year group assemblies. This will ensure continuity of communication and I will be able to ensure a smooth transition to our college structure as I work with each college Student Services Manager.

Year 8 students will come in for their first COVID Lateral Flow (LFT) on site at The Leigh Academy on Wednesday 1st September. Students should arrive within their allocated time. Parents/carers who have not previously provided consent, please use this link to do so: click here 

Students can wear their own clothes and will only need to be in the academy for approximately 30 minutes. Once students have completed their LFT they will be able to leave the academy. Parents/carers will only be notified if their child has a positive result.  If the LFT test is positive then you will be informed and you would then need to book a confirmatory PCR test, and self-isolate whilst awaiting the results. If your child is negative then they will return to the academy the next day for a full day’s timetable – see below.

Year 8 – Test 1 and Go

College and Surname

8.30am – 9.00am
9.00am – 9.30am

Chaucer – Surname A – L
Chaucer – Surname M – Z

9.30am – 10.00am
10.00am – 10.30am

Darwin – Surname A – L
Darwin – Surname M – Z

10.30am – 11.00am
11.00am – 11.30am

Brunel – Surname A – L
Brunel – Surname M – Z

11.30am – 12.00pm
12.00pm – 12.30pm

Da Vinci – Surname A – L
Da Vinci – Surname M – Z

Year 8’s first day of the new academic year will be on Thursday 2nd September. The day begins at 8.30am, so I expect to see all Year 8 students gathered at the bottom of the quad (near the Brunel/Da Vinci doors), by 8.20am ready to go in for tutor time. Students will have an extended tutor time on their first day, when they will receive a copy of their timetable and go through any changes for the year ahead as well as reminders on our standards and expectations. Students will then follow their timetabled lessons throughout the week as normal. 

The students’ second COVID-19 LFT will take place on Tuesday 7th September. Students will take this test within the academy day, so should arrive by 8.20am as usual.

I very much look forward to working in partnership with Year 8 students and parents/carers. I wish you all a safe summer holiday.

Yours faithfully,

Sarah McCabe-Knowles

IB MYP Coordinator, oversight of Year 8