Medicine in School

There are a number of qualified first aiders in school. Any incidents are recorded using near miss or accident forms. Teachers will contact parents if they feel that it is necessary.

Please see our Medicine in school policy.

Severe Allergic Reactions (Anaphylaxis)

You are required on our admissions form to inform us if your child is known to suffer from an acute allergic reaction, e.g. peanuts, bee or wasp stings etc.  We will require full medical details from your family doctor or specialist regarding your child’s allergy and the specific symptoms. A care plan will be written by the school in conjunction with parents and the school nurse. This will also be signed by the child’s doctor.

All teachers are in loco parentis and have a legal duty to take appropriate action in an emergency.  The expectation is that a teacher would act as a reasonable parent would in the circumstances, for example by contacting the emergency services and, in extreme cases, taking resuscitation measures. If school staff have agreed to administer medication to a child who suffers severe allergic reaction they will be properly trained by a doctor or qualified nurse.  The appropriate staff will be instructed in the management of acute anaphylaxis including the giving of subcutaneous adrenaline. Training is renewed annually.

Infectious Diseases

The school will seek help from the Senior Clinical Medical Officer if there has been an outbreak of any infectious disease affecting a significant number of pupils in school. Children should be kept at home if they have an infectious disease. Doctors usually state the period of exclusion when they examine the child.  The usual diseases are likely to be Chickenpox, German Measles, Mumps, Measles, Scarlet Fever and Whooping Cough. Certain types of skin infection also require home confinement, e.g. Impetigo, Ringworm. Following an incident of sickness and diarrhoea, the child is expected to be symptom free for 48 hours before returning to school.