Medical Services

Health Care at Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School

The following Health Care is available to pupils at Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School.


The school has a medical room staffed by a team of trained first aiders. Please be aware that the school cannot provide pain-killers or medical aids. We offer first aid, the management of medical conditions and support. Where an injury or condition goes beyond minor first aid, the student is referred to their GP or hospital. Parents are contacted where possible. It is important that the school are given up to date contact information at all times. Should your child suffer an illness or accident at home before coming to school, please do not send them in if they need to see a doctor. If your child complains that they felt ill before coming to school and were sent in, the school will assume that in your judgement your child is well enough to be here. We will not of course ignore any student whose condition has clearly deteriorated.

Medication in school

The DfE guidelines state:

“Staff should never give a non-prescribed medicine to a child unless there is specific prior written permission from the parents…

…If a child suffers regularly from frequent or acute pain the parents should be encouraged to refer the matter to the child’s GP.”

Any student who needs to take medication in school must take his/her medicine to the medical room with a note signed by the parent or carer explaining the purpose of the medicine, the dose and the frequency. Only medicines that remain in their original container with clear instructions regarding dosage can be accepted.

For health and safety reasons, with the exception of inhalers and epi-pens/ana-pens, it is important that pupils do not carry medication with them at any time. It could present a risk to the pupil themselves as well as others. We are happy to hold and administer any medication, but can only do so with written permission from parents or carers. Any verbal consent given is a purely temporary arrangement and must be followed up in writing.


All pupils who have asthma must carry their reliever inhaler with them at all times. The inhaler must be labelled with the pupil’s name and tutor group. A spare inhaler may be kept in the Medical Room.


School should be notified as soon as possible of any allergies that may require medical intervention.

All pupils who need epi-pens/ana-pens must carry one with them at all times, with a spare pen kept in the medical room as additional back up.

School staff are trained to administer adrenaline/epi-pens/ana-pens but only with written parent/guardian consent and within an agreed action plan.


Immunisations are undertaken in school by a team of trained school nurses.

  • Year 8 – HPV*
  • Year 9 – Second HPV*
  • Year 9 – Men ACWY* and DTP* (both given on the same day)
  • Year 11 – Men ACWY*

N.B. Immunisations require parent/legal guardian consent on each occasion.

*What the Immunisations are:
HPV (protects against the human papilloma virus)
Men ACWY (protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicemia)
DTP (protects against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough))

Counselling services available in school

  • SHARE – this is a young person’s counselling service. A counsellor comes into school one day a week. Pupils can self-refer or staff at the school could suggest this as an option to a pupil if they feel that they would benefit from the service. There is currently a waiting list for SHARE appointments.
  • We have a member of teaching staff in school, who is a trained Winston’s Wish (helping young people to deal with bereavement) counsellor. Referrals happen as mentioned before. The member of staff does not solely deal with bereavement counselling.
  • Talk in Confidence: we have trained sixth form students in basic counselling skills. They run a drop-in service every lunch time.

All of these services can be accessed by self-referral, (so parents are not always informed). If parents have any concerns about pupil’s having appointments with our counselling services, please could you notify Miss Khan, Deputy Head Teacher, in writing.

Health Authority School Nurse

A nurse employed by Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust for the Wotton and Berkeley area works at the school on a part time basis.

She runs a confidential drop-in clinic in school lunch-time for pupils who can self-refer for advice on health matters and a monthly clinic for parent consultations (appointments only) at the Symm Lane Clinic.

The school nurse may be contacted Monday to Friday between 09.00 and 4pm on 03004218960 or 03004218959. Outside of these hours there is an answer phone.

Individual Health Care Plans

These are completed for any pupil with specific health needs with parents/guardians, health and education working together to support the student.