Dear Parents and Carers


Link to mailed letter [ COVID-19 UPDATE – JULY 2021 ]


The Delta variant of COVID 19 has increased in numbers in Birmingham and numbers are rising rapidly.  ‘Birmingham is to get extra support ‘rapidly’ to help cope with this surge in Delta variant cases.  There will be extra testing and new capacity in the vaccination programme’.


We need to play our part in helping minimise the spread of the virus.


The Government is asking schools to test all secondary aged pupils in school on their return during their first week in September 2021.  This will involve two tests approximately 3-5 days apart.  The tests will be supervised by fully trained staff.  The tests are quick and easy using a swab of the throat and nose or just the nose.


If you previously signed a written consent form, then we will presume that you still consent to your child taking part in the on-site testing.  Please contact school if this is no longer the case. 


If you wish to give consent then please :

- complete the consent form by clicking on the link

- or by filling out the form and returning to the school [ COVID-19 Consent agreement notice and form.docx 



We would be grateful if you could submit your consent forms by Tuesday 20th July 2021.


As this new variant is 60% more transmissible, we must encourage all pupils to take part.  1 in 3 people with COVID 19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others; this is why testing is vital in detecting the virus and stopping its spread. So please speak to your child about the importance of testing.


All pupils can take part in testing.  If they are nervous or reluctant just let us know and will offer them extra support.


We can all play our part in keeping our school a safe place to be and for us all to enjoy together.


Kate Beale






Billesley Ark Family fun day 27th October 2021

Attendance if unwell


 Dear Parents/Carers


Attendance if unwell

At present our number of positive cases in school remains low, but we are not complacent. A reminder therefore that within our Attendance Policy we ask that if a student is not well and is likely to be ill during the day, they should not come into school as their attendance could lead to more widespread absence if their illness is infectious. This is clearly something that we would like to avoid for the benefit of students, staff and their wider communities.


Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19


When an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms or has a positive test

  • Students, staff and other adults should follow public health advice on when to self-isolate and what to do.
  • Students should not come into school if they have symptoms which, together with a high temperature, persistent cough and loss of taste and smell, now include headache, runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, persistent cough, or have had a positive test result or other reasons requiring them to stay at home due to the risk of them passing on COVID-19 (for example, they are required to quarantine).
  • If anyone in school develops COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, they will need to go home and then follow public health advice.


Asymptomatic testing

Testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within schools. That is why, whilst some measures are relaxed, others will remain, and if necessary, we are ready to step measures up or down in future depending on local circumstances.

Staff and students should continue to test twice weekly at home, with lateral flow device (LFD) test kits, 3 to 4 days apart. Testing remains voluntary but is strongly encouraged. We also retain a small asymptomatic testing site (ATS) on-site until further notice for students who are unable to test themselves at home.


Confirmatory PCR tests

Staff and pupils with a positive LFD test result should self-isolate in line with the “stay at home guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection”. They will also need to get a free PCR test to check if they have COVID-19. Whilst awaiting the PCR result, the individual should continue to self-isolate. If the PCR test is taken within 2 days of the positive lateral flow test, and is negative, it overrides the self-test LFD test and the pupil can return to school, as long as the individual doesn’t have COVID-19 symptoms.


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We have been notified today of another student who has tested positive. We continue to closely monitor and follow guidance from the DfE and Public Health England (PHE). In line with local public health guidance, we are alerting parents/carers of students who may have been in close contact with a positive case. It is recommended by Public Health that parents/carers arrange for students to take a PCR test and continue with regular LFT testing. This is advisory and the school is passing the message on. At present, there is no need for students to self-isolate or be absent from school unless they become symptomatic or test positive. You can find out how to arrange a test by clicking on the following link


The above information clarifies that anyone with no symptoms can get a PCR test if they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive or who has been asked to get a test by a local council.

If your child has no symptoms and has already had a PCR test as a result of a recent letter from the school, you may consider one further PCR test 4-7 days following receipt of this letter. Otherwise, it is recommended that you continue with regular lateral flow testing.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind Regards,

Lindsworth School