Ages 11 - 18
|Nursery & Prep School
Ages 3 - 11
The Medical Centre
The Medical Centre is located in the main school house and is open from 8.00am to 4.30pm Mondays to Fridays. It is run by School Nursing Officer; Sister Janette Devine, RGN who is assisted by Medical Assistant Susan Greenhalgh. Sister is part of our pastoral team and works closely with the Headmistress, Divisional Heads, Boarding Staff and Tutors. She is responsible for regular health checks on all pupils and for dealing with any accidents or illnesses which occur during the school day.
It is important that we have up to date medical information and medication consents when your daughter is in the care of the school whether as a day girl or a boarder.
Forms required for girls starting the senior school (this includes girls moving up from KC prep school):
Medical Report – New Day Girls or New Boarders
Thereafter, at the start of every academic year:
Annual medical update
These forms can be found under the Parent Login in the Medical Information and Forms section.
Illness at School
Please do not send your daughter to school if she is at all unwell. The Medical Centre is not an in or out patient clinic for day girls.
Girls who become ill during the school day should report to Sister who will inform parents and take care of girls until they can be collected. If Sister in not in the Medical Centre, girls should report to Reception. The Medical Centre has 5 beds for emergencies and sudden illness and should not be used as an alternative to being at home.
Any pupil who reports to a teacher of 'feeling unwell' or who is obviously unfit to continue in the class until the next break must go to the Medical Centre. They must be accompanied by another person (girl or member of staff) until handed over to Sister. Girls must not absent themselves without permission to go to the Medical Centre. Girls may not arrange to be collected themselves. A member of staff will contact parents to arrange collection, if necessary.
For girls in Years 7 to 11, all medication to be taken during the school day must be handed to Sister to be dispensed at surgery times, except inhalers for asthma and epi-pens. All medication must be in its original container clearly labelled by the pharmacy. Sister should be informed if a girl is having medical treatment.
Girls in the Sixth Form may carry paracetamol or Nurofen with them in small quantities, but must not leave them unattended or give medicine to another student.
There are clear guidelines for staff administering medication and rules about the medication girls may possess.
All pupils entering the school are expected to be up-to-date with routine immunisations according to the Department of Health guidelines. These include Diphtheria, Tetanus, Poliomyelitis, MMR and Meningitis C. Immunisations will not be given without written consent of parent/guardian. For further information regarding immunisations please visit www.immunisation.nhs.uk
Reducing the risk of infection - Day girls and Boarders
To reduce the risk of infection, girls who have suffered from diarrhoea or vomiting, should not return to school within 48 hours of the last symptoms.
Similarly, eye infections such as conjunctivitis are very infectious. Girls with eye infections should stay away from school for at least twenty-four hours.
At the start of every term parents should return a completed Health Declaration to inform us of any new, or changes in, medical conditions and whether she has had been in contact with anyone with an infectious disease.
Having taken advice from the Anaphylaxis Campaign and risk assessed the school site, it has been decided that if a pupil suffers from an allergy, that their EpiPen must be carried with them at all times. She may also carry a small amount of prescribed anti-histamine with her as well.
Therefore, please ensure that your daughter has an in date EpiPen with her in school. In addition, a 2nd EpiPen should be provided to be kept in the main office. Please ensure this is brought to the Medical Centre in the first instance together with a copy of your daughter’s care plan. If you have any problems providing these, please advise Sister urgently.
We have a school counsellor, Mrs Sonja Jenkins who visits one day per week. Her diary is kept within the Medical Centre and appointments are confidential.