As a school we support all students with long-term medical conditions, short-term illnesses and day-to-day illnesses.
On a day-to-day basis, if a student is feeling unwell during the day they can report to one of our First Aiders in the Main Office who will assess them. Where possible, we will encourage the student to return to lessons after a short break. Only if they are unable to return to lessons, will we contact home.
Students should not contact a parent prior to being assessed by our First Aiders.
For those students with a long-term medical condition, a Medical Care Plan (MCP) is written for the student, in conjunction with parents, which is reviewed annually.
If your child has a medical condition which requires prescribed medication, the school can hold this medication for your child. This will have been declared on the MCP or if your child does not require an MCP, then parents are required to complete a Prescribed Medication form. Click here for a copy of this form. Please note that we will only hold or administer prescribed medication at the school.
For all other pupils:
Non-prescribed medication will not be held or administered by school staff.
It is good practice to support and encourage children, who are able, to take responsibility to manage their own medicines.
If your child needs to take pain relief tablets (e.g. paracetamol), please encourage them to only carry one or two tablets to self administer. When taking tablets pupils should be encouraged to carry a water bottle or use one of the water fountains located around the school. Please do not send your child to school with a whole packet of tablets as this could pose a risk.
Hay fever sufferers should take a 24-hour medication such as Piriteze which can be taken at home rather than a regular dosage medicine such as Piriton.
If your child is prescribed a medicine to be taken three times a day, it should be taken in the morning before school, after school and at bedtime unless contrary to written instructions from the prescribing pharmacist. This will avoid the need to bring medication into school.
If prescribed medication does need to be brought into school, it must be in its original container as dispensed by a pharmacist in accordance with the prescriber’s instructions. It is the parents’/carers’ responsibility to ensure that date-expired medicines are returned to a pharmacy for safe disposal and to ensure that a replacement is supplied. Once the treatment is to end, the parent/carer must collect any remaining medication.
Information relating to medication (prescribed and non-prescribed) on overnight trips will be provided by the trip leader.
Prescribed medication will only be accepted in its original container and with a completed Parental Agreement form.
Please download, fill in and return our Parental Agreement form as and when required.