Yeovil College is one of the first colleges to introduce a ‘lateral flow’ test and trace testing centre to a college environment in Somerset. The centre will form part of the measures currently being rolled-out across the country to enable staff and students to return to site safely.

Up to one third of people who have coronavirus are asymptomatic. By testing we will help to reduce the spread in school and college settings through asymptomatic transmission as well as enabling onsite delivery, examination and assessment as soon as possible. Along with the other protective measures Yeovil College is taking, testing will allow the college to take further measures to help protect students and staff to remain in teaching and learning within the college campus.


Yeovil College have employed a trained testing team, alongside volunteers, who will support staff and students to safely administer the lateral flow tests. The independent team also includes some of their own higher-level students. The lateral flow tests are quick and easy to undertake, using a swab of the nose and throat. Results (which take around half an hour from testing) are shared directly with the individual participant and the college informs the learner of a positive test result. The learner will also receive a text or email notification of a positive or negative result from the online NHS system.


Mark Bolton, CEO & Principal at Yeovil College, said: “The Yeovil College team have worked tireless to develop a safe and professional onsite testing centre, which along with other strict COVID safety measures, will give our community the confidence to recommence essential onsite learning and examination. I am proud of the relentless effort colleagues have injected into this latest project to limit the spread of Coronavirus, and my team have once again implemented changes, at very short notice, with skill, professionalism and for the greater good of South Somerset.”


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