Medication – Over the counter and prescribed drugs:
Asthma inhalers are kept by students for easy and immediate access.
Any medicines that need to be taken by students during the school day must be kept in the front office, clearly labelled with the student’s name and instructions for use. A Pupil Medication request form is available for completion from the front office staff and is downloadable from the website.
Staff are not obliged to administer medicines; the student must be able to administer their own medication. With parental consent, students with chronic condition are allowed to carry medication and self administer this.
Special arrangements may be made for children suffering from serious medical conditions who may require urgent or specialised care. Such conditions could be Asthma, Anaphylaxis, Diabetes and Epilepsy. In such cases, parents need to agree an individual treatment plan in accordance with ‘Pupils’ Health and the Administration of Medicines Guidance for Schools’.
Staff will never give non prescribed medicines to students (e.g, pain relief tablets) unless there is prior written permission from parents.
Please keep staff fully updated if there are changes to your child’s medication regime.
School Excursions (Day and Residential)
A medical form must be completed by a parent/carer before a student will be accepted on an excursion. The school’s policy on drugs applies to all school excursions.
Age given Diseases protected against Name of vaccine
Two months old Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) Pneumococcal infection DTaP/IPV/Hib
(PCV) Three months old Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) Meningitis C DTaP/IPV/Hib
MenC Four months old Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) Meningitis C Pneumococcal infection DTaP/IPV/Hib
PCV Around 12 months old
Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) Meningitis C Hib/MenC Around 13 months old
Measles, mumps and rubella Pneumococcal infection MMR
PCV Three years and four months or soon after
Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio Measles, mumps and rubella DTaP/IPV or
MMR 13 to 18 years old
Diphtheria, tetanus, polio Td/IPV 12 to 18 years old (girls only) Human papilloma virus (HPV) – increases the risk of cervical cancer. HPV
In addition, some babies in high risk groups are given a BCG immunisation for protection against tuberculosis shortly after they are born. Higher risk infants may also receive immunisation against Hepatitis B. Your doctor/health visitor will give you more information if you child needs these immunisations.
Getting your child immunised
Before your child starts school, they will usually be immunised either at your doctor’s surgery or local child health clinic. An appointment is usually sent either from the Child Health Department or by your surgery. Teenagers will usually be immunised at school.
The school will contact you before your child is given any immunisation. If you have any questions or want more information, you can talk to your health visitor, doctor, school nurse of practice nurse at your doctor’s surgery.
You can also call NHS Direct on 08454647 (England and Wales only). Calls are charged at local rates. For patient’s safety calls are recorded. You can also get information for the NHS Choices website.
Information taken from: http://www.direct.gov.uk.