What if my child has a medical condition?
At St Columba C. of E. Academy we are committed to supporting children with medical conditions. We will endeavour to ensure that children with medical conditions are properly supported so that they have full access to education, including school trips and physical education. The aim is to ensure that all children with medical conditions, in terms of both their physical and mental health, are properly supported in school so that they can play a full and active role in school life, remain healthy and achieve their academic potential.
It is our policy to ensure that all medical information will be treated confidentially by the Principal and staff. All administration of medicines is arranged and managed in accordance with the Supporting Pupils with Medical Needs Policy. All staff have a duty of care to follow and co-operate with the requirements of this policy. Where children have a disability, the requirement of the Equality Act 2010 will apply. Where children have an identified special need, the SEN Code of Practice will also apply. We recognise that medical conditions may impact children's social and emotional development as well as having educational implications.
Will my child have an individual healthcare plan?
Children with long term medical conditions will have an individual healthcare plan. This will be completed with the parents and health professionals where necessary. The healthcare plan will need to be reviewed annually.
Can school administer medication?
Children who have medication prescribed by the doctor, that needs to be administered in school, will be administered by a competent person. Parents will need to complete a Parental Agreement to Administer Medicine form.
Children who are asthmatic will have their inhalers accessible in the classroom unless they are mature enough to carry their inhaler on them.
‘Homely’ medicines will not be administered. (for example Calpol, Parcetamol, Cough syrup).
What if my child needs emergency treatment for a medical condition?
The emergency procedure will be written into your child’s healthcare plan and staff will receive training from an appropriate agency. This will be reviewed annually.
Are staff trained?
We have 23 first aiders and Mrs Brett and Mrs Main-Miller have completed the 2 day course 'Supporting Pupils in School with Medical Conditions'.