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The Ladies' College

Health and Wellbeing



Preparatory: All parents are given the opportunity to book an appointment with the school nurse during their child’s first year. Parents are invited to be present at these examinations which are carried out in school. Vision, hearing and dental screening tests also take place in school during the first year. Follow-up tests are carried out when appropriate. Please contact the school if you have any worries about your child’s sight or hearing.

Junior Department: The school nurse visits the school once a month. Parents will be informed of the dates and when appointments may be made by girls or by parents. Parents with any concerns about their daughter's health can contact the school nurse directly at Lukis House. The Complimentary Health Service will also visit Form II and Form III during lesson times in the Trinity term to discuss aspects of growing up. 



In accordance with the code of practice for the administration of medicines in educational establishments, advised by the States Education Council, medication will not be administered to the children. Where possible parents should make arrangements to come into school or pupils should return home at lunchtime to take their medication. The only exception to this will be at the discretion of the Head Teacher. 

A list of girls wishing to keep asthma inhalers or Epipens at school will be kept in the office. Written parental permission must be given for children to bring asthma inhalers and Epipens to school. Asthma inhalers and Epipens should be given to class teachers in a small clearly named container with a photograph of your daughter on the outside. Instructions for use must also be attached. 

Under no circumstances should girls keep medication, including aspirin tablets, cough sweets etc. in their bags, desks or pockets.



Parents are requested not to send their daughter to school if she is unwell. In cases of accident or illness during school hours parents will be contacted and asked to take their daughter home or to a doctor.

Girls should not attend school with:

• a reportable illness or condition that is contagious and a physician determines the child has not had sufficient treatment to reduce the health risk to others.
• a bacterial infection such as Impetigo if they have not completed 24 hours of antimicrobial therapy.
• lice, ringworm or scabies that is untreated and contagious to others.
• any condition which requires more care than staff can provide without compromising the health and safety of other children.

To inform Melrose of your daughter's absence or illness please contact the school secretary Miss Karmah Anders on tel: 721338 or email:

Girls who have been ill with vomiting and diarrhoea bugs should not return to school until 48 hours after symptoms have stopped.


Important information for pupils

If you are worried about anything (however small or big the problem) it is important to talk about it. Friends and family can sometimes help and at school you can turn to any of the following people:

1  The Form III Prefects 
2  Mrs Ozanne or Mrs Beebee
3  Any teacher or teaching assistant
4  Miss Anders
5  One of the dinner ladies
6  Childline 0800 1111

There is always someone who can listen and help and who will take your problem seriously.


Worries, Concerns and Complaints

If you have any concerns about your daughter during her time with us please do not hesitate to contact us. Most minor problems can be sorted out quickly by talking to your child’s class teacher. If you feel that the class teacher is unable to help, the Head Teacher will be happy to discuss the matter with you.

In the unlikely event that the Head Teacher is unable to help or your concern or complaint is of a more serious nature please write to The Principal, Mrs A Clancy. A full explanation of our complaints policy and procedures is on the website. Complaints may also be made to the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate - You should expect to receive a written response notifying you of the outcome of our investigations within a maximum period of twenty eight days.


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