Medicines in School


Where children are well enough to attend school, but have been advised to take a prescribed medicine, we are able to administer this in school. Children may not bring any ointments, creams, cough sweets etc into school.

It is recognised that some pupils may need to take non-prescription medicine for conditions such as dysmenorrhea (period pains). Non-prescription medicines (e.g. Calpol) should not be sent into school unless the child has a recognised condition, such as tooth-ache or earache. Non-prescription medicines will only be allowed into school in their original containers which clearly state what they are and maximum dose and dose frequency.

ALL medicines must be accompanied by a parental consent form. Staff will never give prescribed or non-prescribed medicine to a child unless there is specific written permission from the parents on the appropriate form.

As an “inclusive school” we make every effort to ensure that all pupils are included in every aspect of school life. Therefore we will consider the needs of children with particular medical conditions on a case-by-case basis.

If a child has a long term or complex medical condition, the school nurse will meet with the child’s parents to discuss how the school can meet the child’s needs and a Health Care Plan will be set up. (Such conditions may include allergies where the administration of an epi-pen is necessary.)


Children who suffer from asthma may bring their inhalers to school. Inhalers are stored in the School Office where they can be accessed by pupils.