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Health & Wellbeing

My name is Naomi Clinton and I have been the School Matron for 12 years. I am a fully qualified first aider, and am on site throughout the School day. During the day some students may become unwell or injured which requires first aid. Depending on the severity of the injury or nature of the illness you may or may not be contacted.

At the beginning of each academic year medical forms are sent home either with students or via the post. The medical form is an extremely important document as it provides the School with each student’s current medical history, GP information and emergency contact telephone number(s). This document is also used for any off-site activities. Failure to return this document can result in your child not being able to participate in off-site activities.

I need to be informed of any change to a student’s medical history, including information regarding antibiotics/painkillers. Parents/carers are required to complete an “Administration of Medication Form” giving permission allowing the School to administer any medication, giving the correct dosage needed and at the correct time. This can be found on our website or at the Reception Desk. Any medication brought into School is kept in a locked cabinet in the Health and Wellbeing Suite. Students are NOT permitted to carry any medication with them (apart from inhalers), as medication could become mislaid or misused.

Education support is provided for those who may be temporarily unable to access learning throughout the School (due to the non accessibility of the buildings). Emotional support is given to those students who have long term physical conditions in order to ensure a positive mental wellbeing with access to educational opportunities, therefore maximising rehabilitation.

Students with specific concerns, eg eating disorder, school phobic or reluctant school attendees are also supported in the Health and Wellbeing Suite.

General help and support is provided to a wide range of parents/carers regarding numerous health and wellbeing concerns in order to ensure that both student and parent/carer are able to successfully ‘cope’ with education and at times wider life!

The WSP (Warblington Support Programme) Team also provide one-to-one mentoring to our students on the school site. All students are identified by the Health and Wellbeing Team and the sessions are conducted in a confidential environment by volunteers (who are CRB checked and appropriate training given) on a weekly basis.

Warblington School offers students access to health, sex and relationship education as part of Personal Development Learning (PDL), Religious Education and through the Health and Wellbeing Suite. New for 2011-2012, the Health and Wellbeing Suite is now able to offer:

  • Free condom distribution
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Chlamydia screening
  • Advice on contraception
  • Morning after pill
  • General sexual health and relationship advice
  • Young person’s contraception outreach service

Please could we all take extra care with checking your child’s hair.  Although head lice can be seen on dry hair, the best way to check is by the combing of wet hair with a fine toothed ‘detector’ comb.

Treatment, if necessary, can be done by either:

Wet-combing method:

  • Wash the hair in the normal way with ordinary shampoo.
  • Use lots of hair conditioner and while the hair is very wet, comb through the hair from the roots with a wide toothed comb to remove all the tangles, and then use a fine-tooth comb. Make sure the teeth of the comb slot into the hair at the roots with every stoke.
  • Wet lice find it difficult to escape, and the hair which is slippery from conditioner makes it hard for them to keep a grip – so removal with the comb is easier.
  • Clear the comb of lice with each stroke.
  • If you find any lice then repeat this routine every three to four days for two weeks, so that any lice emerging from the eggs are moved before they can spread.

Using lotions:

These are available from the chemist and most supermarkets.  A pharmacist can advise you on which lotion to use.  It is important to following the instructions on the packet/leaflet.

If lice are found it is important to treat the whole household. Regular wet-combing as part of routine hair washing will prevent the problem recurring.