It is important that parents provide the School with full information about their son’s/daughter’s medical needs and updates as appropriate; this includes dietary requirements. All parents will be asked to complete a detailed medical form when accepting a place for their child at the school.
The School treats all medical information confidentially. Any pupil who needs an Epipen or an inhaler must keep his/her medication in school. This should be provided by his/her parents and be named with an accompanying care plan that includes clear instructions for administration. Such medication will be safely stored in the area that the child is located for their learning.
There is a nurse on duty at the Senior School or Junior School and they can be called upon for advice and concerns raised by Pre-Prep staff or in an emergency. The School Nurse may be contacted during normal school hours at the Senior School on: 01223 454772 or on 07970 852358.
Members of Pre-Prep staff are trained as Paediatric first aiders. Our Paediatric first aiders are the first members of staff to be called upon when a child has an accident while at school.
It is inevitable that occasionally a pupil may not be well enough to attend school or that he/she becomes unwell during the course of the school day. Any pupil who becomes unwell or has an accident whilst at school will be taken to the Medical Area. Parents will be contacted immediately and requested to collect their child if possible.
A pupil who is unwell in the morning should be kept at home to enable him/her to make a speedy recovery and to minimise the spread of infection. Anyone who has diarrhoea and/or vomiting should remain at home for at least 48 hours once symptoms have ceased. Healthy pupils are able to make the best of a day at school but it benefits nobody if a child attends school whilst unwell. Of course, making arrangements to care for a child who is unwell may be difficult but it is in the child’s best interests.
If your son/daughter is unable to attend school, the Pre-Prep School Office should be notified, by email or by telephone on: 01954 210309 by 9:00am.
If your son/daughter is absent for more than one day it would be appreciated if the absence could be confirmed each morning or the School advised of the duration of the absence. If a pupil is unaccounted for at morning registration, the Office will contact his/her parent(s) to ensure that he/she is safe.
If your child has an accident in school the Pre-Prep staff will keep a record of the accident and the treatment your child has received and this will be shared with you on the same day.
If your child has sustained an injury at home please put a note in the communication book or inform their class teacher so that the staff can continue to monitor the injury while your child is in school and ensure there are no delayed side effects.
Administration of medicine
On occasions, pupils are well enough to return to school but have not completed their course of medication. The School is not obliged to administer medicine but is willing to do so if a parent completes the appropriate form.
The administration will be as per guidelines set out in the Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions Policy, copies of this policy and on request.
Parents are requested to inform the School if their son/daughter has nits or head lice. On receipt of this information, a letter containing advice on appropriate methods of treatment will be issued to the parents of all members of the year group concerned.