Illness, Accidents & Medicine
If a child is ill and cannot attend school, parents or carers need to telephone the school between 8.30 am - 9.30 am and give the precise reason for the absence. Phone: 020 7373 6544
If your child is absent for 6 consecutive days, we will require a doctor’s certificate. Failure to inform the school about a child’s absence will result in this being recorded as an unauthorized absence.
Absence due to COVID-19
Children who have frequent occasional days - less than 90% attendance - off may be referred to the School Nurse.
If parents are unable to justify regular absences with medical evidence, further absences will also be recorded as unauthorized and may result in a referral to the Early Help Team.
If a child is taken ill or has an accident in school, we make every effort to notify the parent immediately. If this cannot be done, the child may be referred to the family doctor or to the hospital by the Headteacher.
It is most important that you keep us informed of any change of address, home telephone number, or emergency number so that we can keep this information up to date. We can only act on the information supplied.
Bousfield Primary School is committed to ensuring that children with medical needs have the same right of access as other children.
There is no legal duty that requires schools and staff to administer medication, this is a voluntary role. The ‘duty of care’ extends to administering medication in exceptional circumstances, and therefore it is for schools to decide their local policy for the administration of medication.
Where possible, the school will avoid administering non-prescription medicine. However, we may do so, if requested by the parent, if it will facilitate the child attending school and continuing their learning. This will usually be for a short period only, perhaps to finish a course of antibiotics, to apply a lotion or the administration of paracetamol for toothache or other pain. However, such medicines will only be administered in school where it would be detrimental to a child’s health if it were not administered during the day.
Parents and carers have sole responsibility for their child’s health and should provide the school with up-to-date information about their child’s medical conditions, treatment and/or any special care required.
Authorising staff to administer medication
If your child is fit enough to attend school but is required to take medication during school hours, please complete the form below to authorise the school staff to administer the medicine. The Local Authority requires that all medicines administered by staff at school are prescribed by a doctor, dentist or nurse. Medication must not be given to the class teacher or brought into school by the child themselves.
If your child has a complex medical condition, parents should work with the school, school nurse or other health professionals to develop an Individual Health Care Plan. Please contact the school in this instance.
Each year in England, school children in Reception and Year 6 have their height and weight measured at
school as part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). We collect this information to
understand how many children are overweight, healthy weight or underweight.
Also, the RBKC School Health Service programme provides a health interview at 5+, including dental checks.
Parents are always informed in advance of all health checks.