Medicines

The school has procedures in place for managing prescription medication which may need to be taken during the school day. We will only accept medicines that have been prescribed by a doctor, dentist, nurse prescriber or pharmacist prescriber. The medication must be in the original container, clearly labelled with the child’s name and with the instructions for administration included.

Only non-invasive prescription medicine such as asthma pumps can normally be taken during the school day. Exceptions will be made for other essential medicines such as Epi-pens and anti-anaphylactic medication to be kept on site and if needed will be administered by trained staff.

Where possible, we encourage parent/carers to schedule their own administration of medication so that it does not affect the child’s attendance. For example, we may suggest that the parent/carer comes in to school at lunchtime to administer antibiotics, or, if in a case where it is needed three times per day, this could be taken before school, after school and just before bedtime. Non-prescriptive medicines such as cough sweets or pain killers are not permitted in school. Staff will confiscate any such medication and return it to parents/carers at the end of the school day.

For children with on-going medical conditions please see our policy on Children with Medical Conditions.