Medical Advice

If your child is away from school for any reason, please telephone the school as soon as possible. Any absence not explained is recorded as ‘unauthorised’.

Registers are completed as soon as the children come into school and any child not present when the register is returned to the school office will be marked absent.

If children arrive late they need to go to the school office to let the office staff know they have arrived. Their absent mark will then be changed to a late mark.

When your child is unwell, it can be hard deciding whether to keep them off school. Not every illness needs to keep your child from school. If your child is not well enough to come to school, please let us know. Below are a few simple guidelines to help you to decide if you should send your child to school or keep them at home.

Coughs and Colds
If your child has a minor cough or a cold they may attend school. If the cold is accompanied by a raised temperature, shivers or drowsiness, your child should stay off school, visit the GP and return to school 24 hours after they start to feel better. If your child has a more severe and long-lasting cough, consult your GP. They can give guidance on whether your child should stay off school.

Chickenpox
Children should remain at home until all sores have crusted over.

Cold sores
Child should not be kept off school and should attend as normal.

Conjunctivitis
Children should not be absent from school.

Earache
Children with earache should visit the GP and return to school on their advice.

Flu
Children should be kept off school until recovered.

German Measles
Children should be absent from school for four days from the onset of the rash.

Headache
A child with a minor headache doesn’t usually need to be kept off school. If the headache is more severe or is accompanied by other symptoms, such as raised temperature or drowsiness, then keep them off school and consult your GP.

Headlice
Treatment is required but children should not be kept off school.

Impetigo
Children should be absent from school until lesions are crusted or healed, or 48 hours after starting antibiotics.

Measles
Children need to be absent from school four days from the onset of the rash.

Raised Temperature
Fever is a common symptom of viral infections, like flu. If your child’s temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher, they must stay at home. While at home, encourage your child to drink plenty of liquids. Children should be fever-free for 24 hours (without medicine) before returning to school.

Rash
Rashes can be the first sign of many infectious illnesses, such as chickenpox and measles. Children with these conditions shouldn’t attend school. If your child has a rash, check with your GP or practice nurse before sending them to school.

Scabies
Children can return to school after their first treatment.

Scarlet fever
Children can return to school 24 hours after starting appropriate antibiotic treatment.

Sore Throat
A sore throat alone is not a reason to keep your child off school. If it’s accompanied by a raised temperature, then they should stay at home and you should consult your GP.

Tonsillitis
There are many causes of tonsillitis but most cases are due to viruses and do not need an antibiotic. Children do not usually need time off school unless the symptoms include a raised temperature.

Diarrhoea or Vomiting
Children with these conditions should be kept off school. They can return 48 hours after their symptoms disappear. Most cases of vomiting or diarrhoea get better without treatment, but if symptoms persist, consult your GP. Please note that when a child is off school with a tummy bug you only need to phone the school once unless there is a further reason why your child is not returning to school after 48 hours.

Administering medication during the school day

We are only able to administer prescribed medication to children. If you require us to do this please contact the school office. A consent form must be completed before we are able to administer medication.

Long term medical issues

Where it is essential that school staff are aware of your child’s condition, we will complete a medical care plan. These are updated annually in consultation with parents. If you feel your child requires a medical care plan please contact the school office who will book an appointment with the inclusion team to complete this.

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP)

When a child may have difficulty access / exiting the school building independently we will complete a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP). This can apply to children with special educational needs (SEN) and/or children with a temporary injury i.e. broken bones. If you feel your child requires a PEEP it is essential that this is completed before your child comes to school. Please contact the school office who will organise for you to meet a member of the Inclusion Team to complete this.

Further information:

Safeguarding: The school has effective safeguarding arrangements, creating an open and positive culture that prioritises pupils’ interests.

Positive Behaviour: Changes in how behaviour is managed have helped pupils reflect on their feelings and make better choices. This has resulted in positive behaviour during lessons and playtimes.

Governance and Leadership: Trustees and governors are skilled and committed, regularly visiting the school and maintaining an accurate picture of its operations to ensure continued improvement.

Early Years Provision: The early years setting promotes positive relationships and collaboration among children. Adults model effective communication and use assessment well to engage children in their learning.

Reading and Phonics: The school is committed to ensuring all pupils learn to read. Effective training and support for teachers, along with appropriate reading materials and catch-up sessions, help pupils read accurately and confidently.

Promotion of Values: Pupils learn about diversity and British values through various activities and demonstrate positive attitudes and respect for others. The school also encourages community involvement, such as the choir singing in residential homes and helping at the local food bank.

Overall Effectiveness: The school is rated “Good” in all categories, including quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, and early years provision.

Support for SEND: The school effectively identifies and supports pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), involving parents in the assessment process and adapting lessons to help these pupils build new knowledge.

School Environment: The academy is described as a warm and welcoming place where pupils feel safe and happy. Respectful and positive relationships are central to the school’s environment.

Curriculum and Learning: The curriculum is well-considered, building on previous learning to deepen understanding. While assessment systems need improvement, the school’s overall approach helps in identifying and supporting pupils’ needs.

High Expectations and Progress: The school sets high expectations for all pupils, which are being met. Parents appreciate the support and information provided by the staff and are pleased with the progress their children make.

Extracurricular Activities: There is a wide range of clubs available, such as football, rugby, forest school, and choir, which help develop pupils’ talents and interests.

Anti-Bullying: Pupils respect each other, believe in the school’s values, and feel confident that any issues, including bullying, would be resolved quickly by adults.