Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This page contains information you need in relation to COVID-19 specifically:
  1. Work for students who are self isolating (this should not apply from 1 April 2022)
  2. Information about latest government guidance in relation to school opening and attendance
  3. You can see a copy of our remote learning guidance for parents from here

Government Guidance for parents

As you will be aware there have been updates to the Covid-19 protocols as we begin the transition to ‘living with Covid-19’. In summary these are:

There will no longer be the requirement to test for Covid if you have symptoms.  Free tests will no longer be available from walk-in centres, pharmacies or schools. You will still be able to get these if your GP has said you are in a special category, see: or you can pay for a test if you fall outside these categories.

If you have a high temperature and do not feel well enough to go to work or school, you should stay at home until you feel better, or your temperature has reduced to normal.

If you have tested positive for coronavirus you should stay out of the way of others for 5 days if you are an adult and 3 days if you are a child or young person and follow the advice on the NHS website shown below.

Will home testing still need to take place? 

This is no longer recommended, and test kits are no longer be supplied to schools for this general purpose. 

What if you or your child has come into contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid? 

Staff, children and young people who are contacts should attend school as usual.  This includes staff who have been in close contact within their household. 

If your child is unwell, should you still send them to school? 

If a child has mild symptoms of any respiratory condition such as a cough cold, sniffles, sneezes etc they should continue to attend as normal if they do not have a high temperature. If they feel too poorly to come to school as with any period of illness, they should return when they feel better. Any periods of absence will affect attendance as they did before Covid-19 was a factor.

Guidance on when to stay at home can be found here:

Updated: 24 April 2022

Need help with working from home - read and check these resources below

Students who need to access work at home should be acessing work in Student SharePoint and Satchel One. Please use the help guides below if you require assistance with this.

A quick guide on how to log on using your email address and password is found here.

All students have been shown how to access and use these systems in school. Additional supporting resources are available to read and we also have videos they can watch on our You Tube Channel The Carlton Academy - YouTube. There are specific recordings of skills needed to access lessons found below and which are all on our YouTube channel:

If you require further support for accessing resources for working at home if you are self isolating, having followed the guides and videos made available, please contact our ICT support team by email at:

Privacy notice and further guidance

To enable the Covid-19 testing to be completed at The Carlton Academy, we need to process personal data, including the sharing of personal data where this is allowed under data protection legislation. The Carlton Academy is the Data Controller for the data required for the management of tests and implementing local arrangements in the event of a positive test. 

We will process personal data relating to staff under article 6.1(f) of the UK GDPR – it is necessary in the legitimate interest of the data controller.  We will process special category personal data under the provisions of article 9.2(i) of the UK GDPR, and Part 1 of Schedule 1(3) of DPA 2018 where it is in the public interest on Public Health Grounds to ensure we can minimise the spread of COVID in a timely manner and enable us to continue to deliver education services as safely and securely as possible.  This data is processed under the obligations set out in Public Health legislation (Regulations 3(1) and (4) of the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 (COPI)) which allows the sharing of data for COVID related purposes and where it is carried out by a health care professional OR someone who owes an equivalent duty of confidentiality to that data.

Ownership of the Personal Data you share with DHSC

Every time you use a lateral flow test you must report the results. More details can be found here - Report a COVID-19 test result - GOV.UK ( The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) is the data controller for the information that you transfer to them about you and your test results. For more information about what the DHSC do with your data please see their COVID-19 Privacy Notice 

The school remains the Data Controller for the data we retain about you for the management of tests and implementing local arrangements in the event of a positive test.

You should read both this Privacy Notice and the DHSC COVID-19 Privacy Notice to understand how your personal data is used prior to taking a test.

Personal Data involved 

The following personal data is processed by the school in relation to your test: 

  • Name
  • Unique code assigned to each individual test and which will become the primary reference number for the tests.
  • Test result 

For more information about what the DHSC do with your data please see their COVID-19 Privacy Notice 

How we store your personal information

The school will maintain a test kit log which will record against your name details of the testing kit which has been provided to you.  The school may also record Personal Data about you in its internal COVID-19 results register (the school’s COVID-19 results register will not be shared with DHSC).  This information will only be stored securely on locally managed systems with appropriate access controls in schools and will only be accessible to personnel involved in the management of tests and implementing local arrangements in the event of a positive test.  

The school will retain its test kit log and COVID-19 results register for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of the last entries made by the school into them.

For more information about what the DHSC do with your data please see their COVID-19 Privacy Notice 

Processing of Personal Data Relating to Positive test results 

We will use this information to enact our own COVID isolation and control processes without telling anyone who it is that has received the positive test.

For more information about what the DHSC do with your data please see their COVID-19 Privacy Notice 

This information will be kept by the school for period of twelve (12) months by the school and by the NHS for eight (8) years.

Processing of Personal Data Relating to Negative and Void test results 

We will record a negative and void result for the purpose of stock controls of tests and general performance of the testing process.

Data Sharing Partners

The personal data associated with test results will be shared with 

  • DHSC, NHS, PHE – to ensure that they can undertake the necessary Test and Trace activities and to conduct research and compile statistical information about Coronavirus.
  • Your GP – the NHS may share the information you provide with your GP to maintain your medical records and to offer support and guidance as necessary. Any data you provide to the school will not be shared with your GP.
  • Local Government to undertake local public health duties and to record and analyse local spreads.

Personal Data in the school’s test kit log will be shared with DHSC to identify which test kit has been given to which individual in the event of a product recall. The school will not share its internal COVID-19 results register with DHSC.

Your Rights

Under data protection law, you have rights including:

Your right of access - You have the right to ask us for copies of your personal information. 

Your right to rectification - You have the right to ask us to rectify personal information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask us to complete information you think is incomplete. 

Your right to erasure - You have the right to ask us to erase your personal information in certain circumstances. 

Your right to restriction of processing - You have the right to ask us to restrict the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances. 

Your right to object to processing - You have the the right to object to the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.

Your right to data portability - You have the right to ask that we transfer the personal information you gave us to another organisation, or to you, in certain circumstances.

You are not required to pay any charge for exercising your rights. If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you.

Please contact us at [insert email address, phone number and or postal address of school’s DPO] if you wish to make a request.

How to complain

If you have any concerns about our use of your personal information, you can make a complaint to us at The Carlton Academy for the attention of the Operations Manager.

You can also complain to the ICO if you are unhappy with how we have used your data.

The ICO’s address:            

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane




Helpline number: 0303 123 1113