A high school in Suffolk is ploughing through student covid testing.
Farlingaye High School, in Woodbridge, have tested well over 2,500 students and staff this week. Year groups have been returning to school on consecutive days, to allow for Year Group testing in the school’s Sports Hall, which has been transformed into a huge test centre.
With second tests now also underway, the numbers being tested has increased from 400 a day to over 800 a day.
The operation at the school has been overseen by Pete Smith, Deputy Headteacher, and a core team of committed staff, who have trained all the volunteers in their roles.
Even with teachers volunteering to help in their preparation periods, and support staff squeezing in extra time to help, the school needed more help. Each session needs 27 people to run it, so the school community stepped up and 14 parents and ex-students have trained to help.
The school is using Lateral Flow Tests which need supervision when testing, and then accurate processing, development and recording afterwards. Each stage is carefully managed and the whole procedure completed with slick efficiency.
Pete Smith said: “The students have been brilliant in their conduct, but all this couldn’t have been done without the fantastic commitment of staff and volunteers, who have given their time so readily.”
Arabelle Barnard, a parent, was happy to be involved: “I was so impressed as everything was brilliantly organised. The set and volunteers were so quick and efficient, and the students were so co-operative.”
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