The aim of school nursing is to look after the health and well-being of the students so that they are in the best conditions to learn. The fundamentals of the school nursing team are the early detection, correction, prevention or reduction of disease, disability and abuse.
The School Nurse is a Designated First Aid Officer and Designated Safety Officer, and carries out health checks (15 min) for GSM, 6ème and 3ème students. During the health check, your child’s hearing, vision and growth (height, weight, BMI) will be monitored, and the nurse will write a report on your child’s past medical history, current treatments, and allergies. Please note that this check cannot replace a thorough medical assessment undertaken by your child’s GP.
The School Doctor, Dr Sekri, is available by appointment if needed.
For more specific needs, a psychologist and a speech therapist are on hand and available for appointments.
Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm except school holidays.
Phone: 020 7993 7411
Tailored Medical Plan
If your child is suffering from a chronical medical condition, such as diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, allergy… you must inform the school’s Nursing Team on the first day of school. Depending on your child’s medical condition, a Tailored Medical Plan will be prepared.
This Tailored Medical Plan needs to be prepared or updated each school year. In order to do so, parents must provide :
- a recent (2 years or less) medical certificate and/or an allergy test
- a medical prescription stating the name of the medicine, the dosage, and timings.
Without the Tailored Medical Plan, the School Nurse will not administer any medicine related to the child’s medical condition.
Each year at CFBL, a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination is offered. This vaccination provides protection against some types of cervical cancers. It is offered to girls in 5ème (Year 8) and 4ème (Year 9), depending on their date of birth. Further information on this vaccination will be sent to parents during the first term. Parents will have the choice between accepting or refusing this vaccination.
For 3ème (Year 10) pupils, School Leaver’s Booster (SLB) and meningitis ACWY shots will be offered during the school year.
Students in GSM to CE2 can get a flu shot.
All vaccinations are provided and carried out by Camden Immunisation Team nurses.
What to do if your child is ill
Absence from school
If your child is ill or has a fever, he/she must be kept off school.
Parents are requested to inform the school if their child is not well enough to attend school (whether in primary or secondary). In case of infectious disease, parents must alert the School’s Nursing Team immediately:
- Glandular fever
- Slapped Cheek Syndrome
- Hand foot and mouth disease
- Chicken pox
- Scarlet fever
- Whooping cough
End of a course of antibiotics
Sometimes, at the end of a course of antibiotics (last two days at most) and if the child is fit to go back to school, the School Nurse can administer the antibiotic. To do so, parents need to provide the medicine in its original packaging, and a dated and signed written consent, allowing the School Nurse to administer the medicine, with the dose and timings.
Collecting a child during a school day
If a child feels unwell at school, the School Nurse may phone his/her parents to organise an early collection. If neither of the parents can pick up their child, they can designate a relative or friend (aged 18+) to do so, unless, in the case of a secondary pupil, parents agree for the child to go home unaccompanied.
To designate another person, parents will have to inform the school by email, providing the first name, surname, and class of the child and the first and last names of the adult collecting the pupil.
When leaving the school, the parent (or designated person) will need to sign out at reception.
Exceptionally, in case of high temperature for example and while awaiting collection, the School Nurse may administer medicines. To do so, parents need to complete, sign and return to the School the “parental consent form for administration of medicines” and the “school nursing form” (see below). The school will ask parents to complete these forms at the start of the school year. Without a parent’s prior written consent, the School Nurse will not administer any medicine to a child.
If a student has a problem, is facing difficulties, is late or absent from school, or even simply has a question, the student support staff is here to help.
The student support staff is made up of:
- the Student Support Coordinator
- Education Assistants
- Lunch-break Supervisors
In addition to providing personalised support, the student support team monitor the pupils on the playground, in the corridors, and during lunchtime, supervise the study room and help with homework, perform some administrative tasks (late pupils and absentees), and coordinate and lead educational and academic activities (school outings and educational visits).