Health and Welfare

Welfare

School is demanding physically. Please make sure that your child gets sufficient sleep to manage the demands of a school day. Research has shown that children learn better if they have had breakfast.

Physical exercise is important and all students in the School are timetabled for P.E. Students should have the correct kit (clearly labelled with the child’s name and House) for these lessons They will only be excused for special reasons which must be explained to the P.E. department in writing prior to the start of the lesson. Students should take advantage of breaks and lunchtimes to be active and let off steam. Many students will also take part in ‘Wake Up; Shake Up’ morning activities. They should also use the lavatories at these times; they will not be allowed out of lessons except in case of dire emergency.

Any student who feels unwell or has an accident in the course of the day should report to the Main Office. The child may be asked to rest for a while in the medical room and then return to lessons, or his or her parent may be contacted by a Welfare Officer if she decides that the child is too unwell to return to classes. The decision about whether a child needs to go home will be taken by the first aider and not by the child; students must not use mobile phones, which are banned in school, to circumvent this process.

Every effort is made to take appropriate action in the case of medical emergency; in the rare event of hospital treatment being needed we will attempt to contact the parent or carer immediately so that he or she can either collect the child from school or meet the child at the hospital. Any student who needs to take medication in the course of the day should give this in to a Welfare Officer with a covering letter so that this can be supervised by a responsible adult.(The inhalers used by Students with asthma may be kept by the student but a Welfare Officer should know that the child is asthmatic and carries an inhaler. The inhaler should be labelled clearly with the child’s name and form.)

If you have any concerns about your child’s health, please notify a Welfare Officer and make sure that you include these details in the medical form that you are asked to complete for our records. There is a regular programme of screening and vaccination offered by the schools’ medical service and details of this will be given via your child.