Medical Matters

Children’s health and well-being are very important to us and the policies which we follow can be viewed in our ‘policies’ section. In particular, our medical needs policies governs how we support pupils at school with medical conditions so that they have full access to education, including school trips and physical education. The school will also put in place procedures to deal with emergency medical needs.

The school will work together with local authorities, health professionals and other support services to ensure that children with medical needs receive a full education. No child with a medical condition will be denied admission or prevented from taking up a place in school because arrangements for their medical condition have not been made. However, in line with our safeguarding duties, we will ensure that pupils’ health is not put at unnecessary risk from, for example, infectious diseases.

Individual healthcare plans

These are not needed for all pupils but the school, together with parents and healthcare professionals will decide if a healthcare plan is necessary.

Healthcare professionals

We work together with a range of healthcare professionals including the school nurse in order to ensure the children’s well-being. The school nurse visits regularly and undertakes checks on the weight and height of children in Reception and Year 6.

Illness

If you child is not able to attend school due to illness, please inform the school office. If you child becomes ill during the school day, we will contact you. Please ensure that your contact details are always kept up to date.

First Aid

We have trained first aiders in school and if your child has an accident, first aid will be administered and details logged in the accident book. Your child will also be sent home with a slip or sticker to inform you. If we have any concerns following an accident, we will contact you.

Medicines

No child under 16 will be given medicine containing aspirin unless prescribed by a doctor.

Wherever possible prescribed medicines should be taken outside school hours.

The school will only accept prescribed medicines that are in-date, labelled, provided in the original container as dispensed by a pharmacist (except insulin which may be in a pen or pump) and include instructions for administration, dosage and storage.

All medicines will be safely stored in a location which is known and accessible to the child. If necessary, medicines can be stored in the school fridge.

The school will keep a record of all medicines administered to individual children stating what, how and how much was administered, when and by whom.

When no longer required medicines will be returned to parents to arrange for safe disposal.

Headlice

Headlice are passed from person to person by head to head contact, regardless of age or how clean their hair is. We strongly recommend that long hair is tied back to prevent headlice spreading. Daily combing and weekly head checks on wet hair is essential to try to prevent infection. If headlice are found please inform the school who will advise other parents to be more vigilant, without breaking any confidences. Further information on headlice and details of the methods of treatment currently recommended are available from the school office.