As you are probably aware, this week, school will begin the process of mass testing for our pupils. The Government have informed us that all pupils must be offered the opportunity to be tested before they can enter the classroom. We are now gathering consent from parents to ensure as many of our pupils as possible can participate in the testing.  Upon their return to school, pupils will be tested three times, with 3 to 5 days between each test. These tests are for individuals who do not have any coronavirus symptoms and are being used to identify and isolate asymptomatic cases of Covid-19.  The DFE have asked us to prioritise Years 10 and 11 in the first instance. To facilitate this in the safest way possible we will commence testing on Wednesday 3rd March. In school provision for Key worker pupils will cease on the 5th March.


Consent Forms

In order for this process to be as smooth as possible, we would kindly request that you consider all of the information on the Covid-19 testing page and provide your consent using the online form on this link. Thank you to those parents/carers who have already completed the form to provide consent, you do not need to do this again. Pupils in Year 11 who are already 16 years of age should complete their own consent form.


Schedule for testing and the return to school

Year Group

First test in allocated time slot

Return to school full-time Second test Third test and home tests issued
11 Wednesday 3rd March Monday 8th March at 8.30am Monday 8th March 3 - 5 days after the second test.
10 Thursday 4th March Tuesday 9th March at 8:45am Tuesday 9th March
7 Friday 5th March Wednesday 10th March at 8:30am Wednesday 10th March
9 Thursday 11th March Friday 12th March at 8:35am Monday 15th March 
8 Friday 12th March Monday 15th March at 8:40am Tuesday 16th March


Time slots for attending for the first Covid-19 lateral flow test

Date/ time

Attend between

08:20am and 9:10am

Attend between

09:10am and 10:00am

Attend between

10:00am and 10:50am


Attend between

10:50am and 11:40am


Attend between

11:40am and 12:30pm

Attend between

12:30pm and 1:20pm

Attend between

1:20pm and 2:10pm

Year 11

Wednesday 3rd March








Year 10

Thursday 4th March








Year 7

Friday 5th March








Year 9

Thursday 11th March








Year 8

Friday 12th March









Attending for the first Covid-19 test

Pupils should arrive at school for a test within their allocated time slot. For safety reasons pupils must not come outside of their allocated time slot. They do not need to be in uniform but must be wearing a mask, unless exempt for medical reasons. Pupils will enter through the Headway door at the front of school and they will wait in the Library until they are called for their test. Pupils should follow social distancing guidelines at all times. The test takes approximately five minutes to complete. They will then be free to leave via the Headway door.


Week commencing the 8th March 2021: Phased return to school.

There will be no live lessons during this week of transition, but work will continue to be set online until your child returns to school full-time. Pupils on their return should arrive at their usual start time and line up at their year group entrance.

Please ensure that when your child returns to school full-time, they are in full school uniform or full Alder PE kit.  Please make sure that your child’s hair style and colour is in keeping with the school’s uniform policy which can be found on the website. Also ensure they bring their full equipment, and exercise books as per their timetable. If you are having any issues with this, please contact your child’s Progress Leader prior to their return to school.


Face Masks

The government has strongly recommended the use of face coverings in school, including during lessons, so please ensure your child has with them a face covering and a spare unless exempt for medical reasons.