We now have access, for the first time, to summary data on testing for our educational setting.
We can now see the number of tests being completed each week by students and by staff.
The figures are very concerning.
In the first week of testing in March, when we completed tests in school, we completed 1,696 tests.
In the first week back after Easter, when home testing was just starting, as parents, you ensured 1,105 tests were completed.
However, in the first week back after May half term only 429 tests were completed – the equivalent of two thirds of just one year group testing twice weekly.
For those of you who have been ensuring your children test and you record the result on the NHS website twice a week since March, we are very grateful and thank you for your efforts to keep everyone safe.
For those who, as easily happens, sometimes forget or have got out of the habit, please could we ask you for a return to regular testing. As you know we have a new variant that is spreading across the country. Cases in Colchester are now rising and although we have not had positive cases in school we do have students and staff self isolating due to contact with positive cases.
You no longer need to complete the form for the school as we can now see the data, so that is one less thing for us to ask of you.
Please test your child and ideally your household, twice every week, recording your result here:
Whenever you need new test kits these are available from your child’s form tutor.
We are very grateful for your support.
Mr Holder Mrs Neill
Executive Headteacher Head of School