Revised school plans in response to rising Covid-19 infection rates in Cheshire East

Following on from the communication sent out earlier this week, we have now revised our school plans in light of the rising infection rates in our local area. We published to you the latest information about infection rates within the age ranges of our students. The latest information shows an increase in the % of positive covid tests over a short period of time. Over the past three weeks, the % of tests that have been positive for Covid-19 has risen from 0.6% to 3.1%, with the highest case rates reported in the 17 to 18 year olds. The other concerning statistic is that the incident rate for children aged 12 to 16 years is now three times that of the general population.

Our ambition during the last half term of the school year is to carefully move towards a more ‘normal’ school environment in line with the governments ‘road map’ out of lockdown. We must however be constantly aware that over the next year, there will be occasions when local infection rates may make it necessary to vary our school’s response. We can reassure all students, staff and parents that we will continue to do everything we can to keep our whole school community safe during this transition period but we need your help.

Improving the take up and accuracy of regular self testing

Over the coming weeks and months, regular testing of students, staff and families will become increasingly important. Test results are an important part of the information that we use to answer questions from parents and staff in relation to best advice. We are therefore re-opening our school testing site, initially for a two week period, to offer supervised self testing to all students.

All students are asked to test twice per week and to inform school of the results of each test. For the next two weeks, commencing on MONDAY 14th JUNE 2021, we will ask students to test twice per week, once under supervision at school and once at home. We will also be asking everyone to sign up to our test results registration system which makes monitoring much more effective.

Schedule for supervised self testing in school by year group

Year 10 students - Tuesday 15th & Monday 21st June

Year 9 students - Wednesday 16th & Tuesday 22nd June

Year 8 students - Thursday 17th & Thursday 24th June

Year 7 students - Friday 18th & Friday 25th June

Please note: School is closed on Wednesday 23rd June 2021

If you have not yet signed up to use the school’s test results registration system, please go to The system is easy and quick to use.

Changes to the self testing requirements in the Sixth Form

We are aware that the infection rate in 17 to 18 year olds is currently running at 785 per 100,000 in Cheshire East. We reported earlier this week that we had a total of 7 Year 12 students self isolating after a member of the group tested positive for Covid-19. From next week, we will be asking ALL sixth form students to show proof of a negative test result before entering the college. We must be increasingly vigilant and regular testing is key to protecting our whole school and college community.

We are now therefore asking all Year 12 students to self test twice per week and to register their results on using their email address. Negative test results will be checked on Monday and Thursday each week. For students who are unable to provide confirmation of a negative test result,they will need to stay out of college and access learning remotely.

On Monday 14th June 2021, our Track and Trace Team will be checking for evidence of negative test results for every student in the sixth form. If you are a student in the sixth form who hasn’t yet registered on our results registration system, please do so as soon as possible. We are also asking all Year 12 students to consider attending for a PCR test over the weekend at one of the testing centres that have been set up to screen people who are not currently displaying any symptoms.

Middlewich Town Football Club - Finney’s Ln, Middlewich CW10 9DR (commencing Wednesday 9 June at 0900)

  • Starting Wednesday 9th June 2021, for 7 days with review planned early next week

  • Opening hours 0900 – 1600

Cranage Hall – Byley Lane, Cranage, Holmes Chapel, CW4 8EW (commencing Wednesday 9 June at 0900)

  • Starting Wednesday 9th June 2021, for 7 days with review planned early next week

  • Opening hours 0900 – 1600

Handforth Youth Centre - Old Rd, Handforth, Wilmslow, SK9 3DA (already live with planned deployment to 13 June 2021)

  • Already operational, planned deployment until Sunday 13th June 2021

  • Opening hours 1030 – 1430

If someone in your household tests positive using an LFT test

If someone in your household tests positive for Covid-19 using the home test kits (LFT), or are displaying any of the main Covid-19 symptoms, or are made aware that they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you should immediately isolate and arrange for a PCR test. The PCR test should be booked immediately either online or by calling 119 and should be undertaken within 2 days.

Staff, students and pupils who had a positive LFT result, and their close contacts and other members of their household, should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance while awaiting the PCR result. If the PCR test is negative, it overrides the LFT and the staff member, pupil or student can return to school or college, and their close contacts can end their self-isolation. If you are in contact with someone who tests positive you should self isolate for 10 days regardless of any negative test results that you may have.

Please do not come to school or college if:

  • You or your child is unwell

  • If they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19

  • A member of your household has symptoms of Covid-19,

  • You have been told by NHS Track and Trace to self isolate

  • The NHS Covid-19 app advises you to self isolate

If you need to discuss any symptoms that your child or other household member may be experiencing please contact us on and we will respond appropriately. We must all remain vigilant at all times and work together to keep our whole school community safe.