Medical matters


Keeping the school informed

The school MUST be informed immediately of any student with health problems.  Immunisations are carried out in school, arranged by Wiltshire PCT.  Minor first aid problems are looked after by the Student Services, but in the case of a serious illness or an accident, a parent will be contacted at once.  Please do not send children to school if they are not fit to attend lessons.

If your child has an accident which results in them being in plaster, needing to use crutches or in a wheelchair, you should contact the Raising Achievement Leader before the child returns.  The RAL will work with the Student Services and advise you if it is appropriate for your child to return to school and will arrange the appropriate procedures for your child to be able to move around the school in a safe manner on his/her return.

Medical visits and dental appointments should usually be made out of school hours.  If an appointment during school hours is unavoidable, then the student should attend school before/after such visits.  If the student does not return, an absence note is needed.  A student who has to leave school for such a visit must show an appointment card or a parental note to the Tutor for signing.  The child must report to the Student Services (to sign out) with the signed note or card before leaving school, and on returning report back to the Student Services (to sign back in).


Medication during the day

If a student needs to take medication during the school day, the medicine//tablets must be taken to the Student Services with a letter from you, explaining what it is, the dosage and the frequency.  The Student Services will keep the medicine/tablets and will supervise its administration.  Students requiring an inhaler  should carry one with them and can also leave a named spare inhaler with Student Services.  The school does NOT dispense Aspirin or Paracetamol without written or verbal parental consent.  Plasters or tissues are not given out, except as a result of an incident  occuring during the school day.  In no circumstances will staff administer prescribed medication on their own initiative without the written or verbal consent of parents.


Students who become unwell during the day


The Medical Room is located in the Student Services Room adjacent to the main Reception in A Block. It is staffed by trained First Aiders from 8.30am until 4.15pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursdays due to OSHL, and 8.30 am. until 3.00 pm. on Friday during term time. The contact number is ext 242.



If a student is genuinely ill:

  • Student to register with subject teacher.
  • Subject teacher to assess degree of illness or injury (the judgement is whether the student is too ill/injured to continue to participate in normal school activities).

If genuine, refer to Student Services (First Aider) with a green ‘Absence from Lesson’ form (with escort).

  • If student is unable to walk to the Medical Room, teacher to send a message to Student Services, giving brief details of problem (so the First Aider can arrive prepared).  The First Aider will then assess the situation and take subsequent action.
  • If the First Aider decides that the student must be sent home, this will be recorded in, re. attendance.
  • During break/lunchtimes if students feel unwell or are injured they should seek the assistance of a member of staff who is to ensure that the student is dealt with appropriately in line with the procedure above.

Please note:

  • No referrals after 2.30pm.  (Parents will not collect this close to the end of the school day – usually say just to go home as usual).
  • For an accident-related incident, the referral MUST BE MADE BY THE TEACHER IN CHARGE AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT.  No retrospective referrals to be made.


If a student needs to be taken to hospital for any reason, parents will be asked to attend school to accompany the student.  The school will not allow any of its staff to travel with students to hospital.


What's coming up

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    GLAMS Healthy Cookery Activity

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    DSSN Gymnastics

      We welcome KS2 students for a DSSN Gymnastics Festival on Wednesday April

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  • 26/04/18

    Year 8 Parents' Evening 2018

      The Year 8 Parents' Evening originally scheduled for Tuesday 27th March will

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