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Get the latest NHS advice about COVID-19, including symptoms, testing, vaccination and self-isolation.


From 24th February 2022, face coverings are not required at Arena on site. We recommend that students who use public transport should continue to wear them whilst on board and respect the wishes of any student or member of staff to continue to wear a face covering at the Academy.

Parents/carers of students who use public transport should ensure their child has a face covering before leaving the house.


From 24th February 2022, there is an end to contact tracing. Students who live with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 can continue to attend the Academy. From 1st April 2022, the need for regular testing is removed and you should only test if you have symptoms of a respiratory infection/high temperature. The Academy is no longer able to provide lateral flow tests and any tests must be obtained through the new channels announced by the government. There is also no contact tracing provided by the Academy: all students should attend school unless too ill to attend.


  • Asymptomatic testing has now come to an end. Students should only test when they feel ill and have symptoms
  • From 21 February, staff and pupils in mainstream secondary schools will not be expected to continue taking part in regular asymptomatic testing. Further information is available in the NHS ‘get tested for COVID-19’ guidance.

If your child tests positive using LFD after feeling unwell and has Covid-19 symptoms, you call the Academy on 0121 729 7310. Children who test positive for Covid-19 should stay at home for three days and can then return to school.

You can record your results via the Government website. Find out more here.


The best way to protect against serious illness caused by infection is vaccination. All children aged 5 and over are eligible to receive the vaccine. You can book an appointment here:


The Academy has a clear plan in the event of a local outbreak and the cases at the Academy and in the community are reviewed regularly with any actions communicated to all stakeholders in a timely manner.