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COVID-19
Important Updates, Information and Guidance


Update: 31st March 2021
Return to full face-to-face teaching for all 16-18-year-old students

From week commencing 19th April 2021, all level 3 students aged 16 -18, that have still been following a split teaching model of remote and on-site delivery will return to full-time on-site face-to-face delivery.

Your Tutors will communicate this with you personally, and share any relevant information. Should you have any questions about this, please speak to your Tutors directly.


Update: 30th March 2021
Additional Home Testing Kits

All 16-18 students will be able to collect two additional test kits in their weekly tutorial or from their Personal Tutor this week.

All adult students, higher education students and apprentices can collect two additional kits from the College libraries or their Tutor.

The kits received should ensure that students can continue to test twice a week at home throughout the Easter break.

It’s important that students continue to report positive, negative or void results on both the Government reporting portal and the College reporting portal:


Update: 22nd March 2021
Home Testing

Following the successful roll-out of our on-site COVID-19 testing programme, with over 3,000 tests administered since 12th March, St Helens College and Knowsley Community College has welcomed the safe return of staff and students to their campuses. As the next phase of the testing programme is for students to self-test at home, we are now ready to distribute the home testing kits.

Collecting Your Home Testing Kits

As mass on-site testing comes to an end, students now need to collect their testing kits from Monday 22nd March. It is advised that students should continue to test themselves twice per week, 3-4 days apart, before coming into College, in order to continue to reduce the spread of the virus and keep our College and wider community as safe as possible.

16-18-Year-Old Students

Home test kits will be made available to you in your weekly tutorial.

Adults, Apprentices and Higher Education Students

Home test kits are available for collection from the following locations:

St Helens Town Centre Library
Monday 9.00am – 10.30am | 2.30pm – 6.30pm
Tuesday 9.00am – 10.30am | 2.30pm – 6.30pm
Wednesday 9.00am – 10.30am | 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Thursday 9.00am – 10.30am | 2.30pm – 6.30pm
Friday 9.00am – 10.30am | 2.30pm – 4.30pm

STEM Centre Campus Library
Monday 9.00am – 10.30am | 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Tuesday 9.00am – 10.30am | 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Wednesday 9.00am – 10.30am | 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Thursday 9.00am – 10.30am | 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Friday 9.00am – 10.30am | 2.30pm – 4.00pm

Knowsley Main Campus Library
Monday 9.00am – 10.30am | 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Tuesday 9.00am – 10.30am | 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Wednesday 9.00am – 10.30am | 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Thursday 9.00am – 10.30am | 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Friday 9.00am – 10.30am | 2.30pm – 4.00pm

IAMTech Campus
Home test kits are available for collection from reception.

Kirkby Campus
Home test kits are available for collection from tutors.

The home testing kits contain easy to follow instructions to help you complete a test, and you may find the videos below useful:

Recording Your Results

It is important that students record their test result whether it is negative or positive, via the Government website and College form. Please see links below:

A negative result does not guarantee that you are not carrying the virus. Therefore, you should continue to follow social distancing and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask, regularly washing your hands and observing social distancing.

If you test positive or anyone in your household/support bubble tests positive, you should self-isolate immediately for 10 days, in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance. You will also need to order a confirmatory PCR test and report your result to both NHS Test and Trace and the College.

On-Site Campus Test Centres

The College will continue to offer ALL students the opportunity to have 3 tests on campus up until Wednesday 31st March 2021 and bookings can be made via the following Eventbrite link:

After the Easter break, we will maintain two small test centres for those who are unable to perform tests at home.

Student Support

As always, we are here to support you, so should you have any personal concerns about home testing, please raise this with your Tutor or contact our Safeguarding and Wellbeing Team:

Thank you again for your support. Stay safe and well.

Simon Pierce,
Principal