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Children should not be sent to school when they are ill.  If children become unwell in school then Parents will be notified by telephone.  It is essential that the Data Collection Sheet with parental contact information is kept up to date.  Please notify the school if any changes occur, such as change of address, telephone number, contact numbers etc. please ensure the medical section on this form is completed before returning to the school office.  The priority of the teaching staff is educating the pupils however the administration staff will administer medication once parents have first called into the school office to complete the relevant form, sign and date it and pass the medication in.


Minor first aid problems are dealt with by trained First Aid Staff.  Where children suffer from asthma, or another long-term illness, the Parents will be required to keep the child’s medication, suitably labelled, on the school premises. This will be held in a safe place in the classroom or in the School Medical Room where the child has free and open access to it in the event of immediate and necessary treatment. When asthmatic pupils go out of school on an educational visit their medication will be carried by the child or a member of staff (depending on the age of the child).


Where a child has to go home for whatever reason, a responsible adult must collect them, before they will be allowed to leave the school premises.

Common Conditions

If your child is ill, it's likely to be due to one of a few minor health conditions. 

Whether you send your child to school will depend on how severe you think the illness is. Use this guidance to help you make that judgement.

Remember: if you're concerned about your child’s health, consult a health professional.

  • Cough and cold. A child with a minor cough or cold may attend school. If the cold is accompanied by a raised temperature, shivers or drowsiness, the child should stay off school, visit the GP and return to school 24 hours after they start to feel better. If your child has a more severe and long-lasting cough, consult your GP. They can give guidance on whether your child should stay off school. 
  • Raised temperature. If your child has a raised temperature, they shouldn't attend school. They can return 24 hours after they start to feel better.
  • Rash. Skin rashes can be the first sign of many infectious illnesses, such as chickenpox and measles. Children with these conditions shouldn't attend school. If your child has a rash, check with your GP or practice nurse before sending them to school. 
  • Headache. A child with a minor headache doesn't usually need to be kept off school. If the headache is more severe or is accompanied by other symptoms, such as raised temperature or drowsiness, then keep the child off school and consult your GP. 
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea. Children with diarrhoea and/or vomiting should definitely be kept off school until at least 48 hours after their symptoms have gone. Most cases get better without treatment, but if symptoms persist, consult your GP.
  • Sore throat. A sore throat alone doesn't have to keep a child from school. But if it's accompanied by a raised temperature, your child should stay at home.
  • Chickenpox. If your child has chickenpox, keep them off school until all their spots have crusted over.