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Health & Welfare

The health and welfare of the children is monitored closely. The school nursing team will check Reception children's sight, hearing, height and weight and Year 6 height and weight. Additional dental checks are carried out at regular intervals. All of these are undertaken only with parental permission.

There are trained, qualified staff in school who will administer first aid if your child requires it. They will also assess a child who is feeling unwell and inform the office staff if a parent or carer needs to be called. School staff are not allowed to administer medication without parental instruction. Staff also receive training for specific medical needs for example Epipen use.

Medical appointments should be made in the school holidays or outside of school hours wherever possible. 

Medicine for your child

If your child needs to take medicine in school, please come to the Office to fill out a form. We cannot give medicine to your child without this permission. Medicines will be kept in the Office, and staff will supervise your child taking any medication.

If your child has asthma, please make sure that they have an asthma pump in school if required. Asthma pumps are  kept securely in the school office or the Early Years classrooms so children have easy and quick access. Pumps are labelled clearly. Children with medical needs, such as asthma, will have an Individual Health Care Plan, which is written by the School Nurse after discussion with parents or carers. Please advise the school if there are any changes to your child's health which the school should know about.

Please be sure that the office has your up-to-date details and an additional emergency contact: if your child is ill at school we need to let you know quickly. If you change your mobile phone you must let the school know by phoning the Office or emailing

Head Lice

Please let us know if you find head lice in your child’s hair and we will send a note to the rest of the parents in the class reminding them to check for lice. Please do not feel ashamed or shocked – head lice will jump on any head!

Shampoos and lotions are available from chemists, but only work if all family members are treated at the same time. Your doctor may be able to prescribe the lotion. Lice combs are widely available and can be very effective.

Pastoral Care

We know that children cannot learn if they are unhappy or worried about anything and we place a high value on their well-being. All our staff members are sensitive to the emotional state of the children that they work with and will raise any concerns they have with colleagues so that children can be best supported. Parents are always involved in these discussions.

There is a Pastoral Support Manager in the school, whose job is to support children in overcoming any barriers that they may have to learning. The Pastoral Support Manager works with groups of children and individual children, providing practical and emotional support.

Our Mental Health and Well-being team also includes a Child Counsellor and children may benefit from a series of sessions with him, or just drop in Talk Time to chat about what is troubling them. You can find out more about how we support children's Well-being and Mental Health at Kingsmead, here.