COVID-19 testing for schools

No symptoms testing for schools and colleges

Current Government Guidelines stipulate that parents, carers and families with primary school age children, including childcare and support bubbles, should have rapid no symptom tests twice a week. See below information. The guidelines state that primary school children do not need to be regularly asymptomatically tested due to low levels of transmission between younger aged children but they will continue to need to come forward for tests if they have symptoms.

No symptom rapid tests are a simple swab test that can be self-administered. Results are available within 45 minutes.

Tests for secondary school pupils and college students

Secondary school pupils and college students and members of their household, childcare or support bubble can get a twice-weekly no symptoms rapid test:

  • by ordering a test online to use at home. Please ensure you also submit your COVID-19 home test result to the GOV.UK website
  • by collecting no symptom rapid tests from community collect points such as Central Library in Bexleyheath
  • at pharmacies in Bexley which offer free walk-in appointments for no symptom rapid tests
  • through employers if they offer testing to employees

Schools can also provide details of where tests can be collected from.

Tests for school and college staff

  • all primary school staff will continue to take two rapid COVID-19 tests each week at home
  • Secondary school and college staff will be provided with two tests to use each week at home

What happens if I test positive?

If you are testing at home and have a positive result you will need to take a confirmatory PCR test.

A PCR test can be booked at or by calling 119 free of charge.

If you take an assisted test in a school or pharmacy and have a positive result you do not need a confirmatory PCR test.

Stay safe

Students, parents and staff should continue to follow the current public health advice:

  • those over the age of 11 should wear face coverings in all areas where social distancing cannot be maintained, including in classrooms, shops and on public transport, unless they are exempt
  • remain in their bubble groups in school or college
  • follow the rules on social distancing before and after school, when school bubbles do not apply and avoid gatherings outside school
  • wash their hands regularly
  • use dedicated school bus services where possible