Frequently Asked Questions

Middlesbrough College Home Lateral Flow Testing FAQs

Lateral flow tests are very accurate, which means that only a very small proportion of people who do not have coronavirus will receive a positive result (false positive). 

If you test positive on a lateral flow test, it is likely that you are infectious at that moment. By using the lateral flow test we can identify people with a high viral load who are the most likely to spread the virus further.

Those who receive a negative test result from an LFD test must still follow social distancing guidance, wear face coverings when appropriate and follow the Government guidelines.

The kit will include instructions and you can also watch the video below that has been developed by the NHS. The video guides you on how to conduct a test at home.

A parent may be able to assist a young person with the self-swab of the home testing kit at home or the young person may wish to use the College’s onsite testing centre and may wish to have a trusted adult from the setting to supervise the self-swab of the test.

The setting may also wish to consider whether it would agree in exceptional circumstances to a parent coming into the College test centre to support their child to self-swab or to swab their child. 

This might be a reasonable adjustment for the testing of a child or young person with a disability, for example. 

By testing we will help to break the chains of transmission of coronavirus. The home testing programme in secondary schools and colleges will help to identify asymptomatic positive cases. Those who test positive will then self-isolate, helping to keep other students in face-to-face education where they can.

The College will continue to offer limited onsite testing facilities at the Middlehaven campus Covid-19 testing centre, which is a safe and socially distanced centre. The centre is for those students who may have difficulty carrying out the tests at home and for visitors who may be carrying out works to the College site.

There is no need to book an appointment, however please remember this facility is only for those who are unable to carrying out home testing.

Before taking the onsite test, you will need to fill in the consent form. You will only need to do this once.

Remember these tests are for people with NO symptoms if you have symptoms DO NOT attend college and go for a PCR test at a local testing centre.

Those taking the test on site will be supervised by trained staff. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat and are safe.  Please see the NHS information leaflet which explains the lateral flow testing process.

Results (which take around half an hour from testing) will be shared directly with students and visitors participating. Where participants are under 16, parents or legal guardians will also be informed.

If your result is positive, please do not come to college and arrange to go for a PCR test at a local testing centre. 

Home testing kits are available for all students. The testing kit will be logged to their name and student number, so students must not swap their kit with anyone else.

Students can collect their home testing kits from the Admin office for their curriculum area or the College Covid-19 Testing Centre and should remember to collect further test kits just before their test kits run out. 

Kits normally last for about 3 weeks (the number of individual tests can vary).

Once you have completed your home test and got your result you must provide your results to the College and to the NHS.

The College will be checking that you have registered a result so it is important to remember to do it.

If you have any concerns or worries please contact our Covid team at

Home lateral flow tests are designed to detect the level of virus in individuals who do not experience and show any symptoms, but who could still be infectious and pass the virus to others. By taking a test, you will help to stop the spread of the virus, protect other people, and save lives. 

Home lateral flow tests are designed to detect the level of virus in individuals who do not experience and show any symptoms, but who could still be infectious and pass the virus to others. By taking a test, you will help to stop the spread of the virus, protect other people, and save lives. 

This will also mean that staff can continue going to work, schools and colleges can avoid unnecessary staff shortages, and pupils and students can continue in face-to-face education with their peers.

Information for students:

Yes, all of our teams are back in College to give you all the support you need.

If you need to contact our Student Services Team please email

You can also access our learning resource centre online through our website.

If you have symptoms of Coronavirus you must not attend College and book a PCR test through the NHS.

Please notify your tutor and our Student Services Team ( that you are unwell and also when you get the result.

Tutors can be reached via your college email. 

The College will fully comply with government guidance from the 19th July but with added protections in place as outlined below. We may flex these rules depending on local circumstances or local public health advice. We expect to revise these measures in January 2022 or earlier should local circumstances require.

We continue to work hard to keep our college sites as safe as possible and Covid-secure measures including one-way systems for busy and communal areas, hand sanitizing stations, and seating plans in classrooms and workshops.

We will follow government rules regarding track and trance and self-isolation. From 16 August 2021 if you are under the age of 18 you will no longer be required to self-isolate if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.

Instead you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace, informed that you have been in close contact with a positive case and given age appropriate testing advice. This will require you to take a PCR test and self-isolate if it is positive. If it is negative you will be able to return to college.

Anyone over the age of 18 year old will be treated in the same way as those under 18 until 4 months after their 18th birthday to allow them the opportunity to get fully vaccinated. At which point, you will be subject to the same rules as adults and so if you choose not to get vaccinated, you will need to self-isolate if identified as a close contact.