Princethorpe College’s Asymptomatic Test Centre (ATC), offering lateral flow tests, is up and running and has tested its first volunteers.
Prior to Christmas, the Government confirmed that it would be building on the success of testing pilots in educational settings and rolling out rapid lateral flow coronavirus testing in secondary schools.
Lateral flow devices do not require a laboratory to process the test, instead the processing of these tests is conducted at the testing site by trained personnel with the results often received within an hour.
Over the Christmas break the college had been preparing to offer the tests, setting up the test site and training staff to run it, and the test kits were recently delivered to the school.
Despite the subsequent national lockdown, and the requirement for all pupils to stay at home, the ATC remains a critical tool in keeping pupils and staff safe, both now in terms of the key worker provision as well as when pupils are eventually given the go ahead to return to school.
Around 20 members of staff volunteered to test the new centre when it opened its doors earlier this month, including Headmaster, Ed Hester. Thankfully all of the tests came back negative.
The college has offered a huge thank you to all involved in getting the ATC up and running.
Picture: Senior Matron Paula Grieg and Matron Sally Ritchie in the Sports Hall where the Test Centre has been set up.