SSA Response to COVID-19

We have set up this page to collate all information and current guidance shared about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

School Risk Assessment

Read our current Covid-19 Risk Assessment which we have in place to keep our school community safe.

Lateral Flow (Covid-19) Tests

Lateral flow tests are a form of rapid testing which can help us identify people who are infectious but who may not have any symptoms. It is estimated that one third of people with COVID-19 show no symptoms and thus could spread the virus to others without realising. As per recent government guidance, we are asking our students and staff to test themselves twice-weekly at home.

We know these tests work – in validation studies conducted by Oxford University and Public Health England, they were shown to be as accurate in identifying a case as a PCR test (99.68% specificity). The tests have lower sensitivity but they are better at picking up cases when a person has higher viral load, hence the need to test frequently.

Though Lateral Flow testing does remain voluntary, we at Stratford School Academy strongly encourage that you help us keep all our students and staff safe from the truly devastating effects of coronavirus.

How do Lateral Flow (Covid-19) Tests work?


When should I self-isolate?

Under current government guidance, at points it may be necessary to self-isolate.

Messages from Newham and Local Services


DfE COVID-19 Helpline

The Department for Education Coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 08:00 – 18:00

Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 – 16:00


Barnardo’s BAME Support Service

Barnardo’s has launched a vital new support service (Boloh) which we believe will make a positive difference to the lives of many Black, Asian and minority ethnic children, young people and their families impacted by Covid-19.  For more information, please click here.