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COVID Isolation update

NHS Report a test result 

Which test to take?

If you or your child have symptoms, you should still book for a PCR test. Lateral Flow Devices are intended to be used for people without symptoms. This is because they will only find 80% of people who are positive meaning that 20% of people may be given a 'false negative' result.

Testing positive on a lateral flow test

If you test positive on a Lateral Flow Device, you do not need to have it confirmed by a PCR test. This is a major change from the previous guidance. 

Ending isolation early (updated 17th January)

The isolation period is still 10 days, but it can be ended early by two consectutive negative results on a Lateral Flow Device. These can be taken on day 5 and 6 and they must be at least 24 hours apart. If both are negative, the isolation ends and your child may attend school. If they still have a temperature, they must still stay at home.

If one, or both, of the LFD results is positive the isolation does not end on day 6. However, if two subsequent tests are negative, for example on day 7 and 8, the isolation can end after that 2nd test. If the person continues to test positive, the isolation period ends after day 10 regardless of the test results.

Positive case in the household

If there is a positive case in the household, other family members who are vaccinated or under 18.5 years old do not have to self-isolate, but they must take a daily Lateral Flow Test. These then need to be reported to the school before a child is able to attend that day.

Reporting test results

With the changes outlined above, the result of the Lateral Flow Devices are now much more important for the school in order to confirm that your child has tested positive; is able to attend school; or to show that they are able to end their isolation period early.

If any of the above are relevant to your child, please forward their NHS result confirmation to the school using

NHS Report a test result 


A warm welcome to Watling Lower School

At Watling Lower School our aim is that all children are happy and healthy and make a great start to their educational life. Children can only thrive when they feel safe and secure in their environment. This includes how they feel about themselves in the learning environment and so we place a high priority on developing a Growth Mindset and helping children to keep mentally healthy.

We are lucky to have fantastic children at Watling, who make our school such a welcoming place. They are kind and respectful young people who understand their responsibility to work hard in school, care for the environment and to be upstanding citizens in their community.

Our curriculum will not only give them a strong platform in reading, writing and maths, but they will develop their skills and knowledge in a range of other subjects. We aim to prepare our children for their future careers in an ever-changing world by developing their ability to solve problems, overcome challenges and being able to express their ideas.

We want all of our children to foster a love of learning: having the self-confidence to challenge themselves and developing a sense of self-worth from the achievements that they make. We want our children to work hard and to see that the value of their effort is worth as much, if not more, than outcomes that they achieve. The belief in themselves, combined with their determination means that they set themselves high aspirations for their future. 

We promote a simple set of core values: being kind, respectful and responsible. Through these principles, we explore the importance of children to become selfless individuals with care and compassion for others; respecting everyone regardless of their background or the life choices that they make; and in how they can make a positive contribution to our society.

We hope to extend the warm, caring relationships that exist between our pupils and the staff, to parents and the wider community. We are very lucky to have a talented, friendly and hard-working staff who work tirelessly every day to help our children achieve to their full potential. However, the job of educating our children is a partnership between ourselves and our families so we place a high priority on forming excellent relationships based on mutual respect, understanding and excellent communication. Members of the team welcome children to the school every day and are available to discuss any concerns, issues or good news that you would like to share with us.

Please feel free to explore our website to find out more about us and our school life. If you would like to find out more, do not hesitate to make contact via the school office and we will endeavour to help as much as we can.

Kind regards,

Rob Cook