Health & Welfare

Headlice - unwelcome guests

Unfortunately head lice are an unwelcome, but frequent feature of school life. You will need to check your child's hair regularly. One of the recommended ways of prevention is to comb hair thoroughly while it has conditioner on it, although there are many preparations on the market.

Accidents and Illness
We have qualified first aiders on site at all times who will administer first aid for minor accidents. Parents are routinely informed of any bump on the head, however minor. You will be informed immediately if anything more serious happens. For this reason it is IMPERATIVE that you ensure that we have a current phone number for home and work and the number of a close friend or relative who could be reached in case of emergency. It is vital to remember to notify the school of any changes of telephone number at home or at work.

When to keep children at home
As a general rule, children who are unwell should not be sent to school. Any child with a stomach related 'bug' should not attend school until 48 hours after the cessation of vomiting and/or diarrhoea.

Parents often ask us to provide work for their child if they are absent due to sickness.  Should your child be ill for more than three consecutive days please refer to the list of activities provided here which we have devised to support your child's continued learning whilst away from school. Individual work will not be provided unless your child has a long-term illness.  Please contact the school should your child be absent for more than two consecutive weeks to discuss appropriate catch-up work.

As winter approaches, it is important that parents are reminded and updated on important health considerations for their children. Pupils and staff in schools are particularly susceptible to infections which increase over the winter months such as seasonal influenza (flu) and stomach infections (such as norovirus). These can be very infectious and cause outbreaks in school settings due to the close contact amongst pupils and staff. For further information and advice from Public Health England please click here.

General Medicines in School

Prescribed Medication
Please note that we are bound by LEA regulations which seek to exclude any drugs from school premises unless absolutely necessary.  This means that any antibiotics etc. taken 3 times a day should be administered after breakfast, at the end of the school day and at bedtime. Should a child have to take antibiotics 4 times a day or have other mediation during the school day as specifically instructed by the G.P., we will be happy to administer it, but must have written request from the parent. Medication should be provided in original packaging giving clear administering instructions.

Parental Consent Form for Administering Medicine

Supporting Children with Medical Needs

If your child has any condition where medicine is involved in their treatment and where this medicine needs to be kept in school,  then a Health Care Plan must be completed. Contact the school office for a HCP. Please read the document Supporting Children with Medical Needs which can been found on our policy page here.


The Schools's responsibilities
Other medication will not be administered in school (excepting crisis management medication, such as Epipen to combat anaphylactic shock, or upon instructions from a doctor). 

Inhalers
Children are largely responsible for their own inhalers.

Antibiotics
Children who are finishing a course of antibiotics, but are well enough to be in school, should return. However, a course requiring three doses per day should be taken immediately before school, at the end of the school day and at bedtime.


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