Information on Medication

Medical Support

We endeavour to encourage all students to take control of their own condition and will assist to make this possible.

All students with a medical need will usually be identified before they join Woodham Academy in Year 7. Discussions with families usually begin the term before the student starts in Year 7 and are part of our transition process. An Individual Health Care Plan is given out to parents / carers asking for home to declare any medical need that requires enhanced support or to be monitored in school.

For students joining the school at other points in the school year, medical information should be shared at the initial school meeting.

Any change to medical needs during the academic year should be reported to Student Support as soon as possible.

A specialist health professional will be involved in an Individual Health Care Plan as needed.

Students with allergies or a condition which is sensitive to various foods must provide information from their GP and complete a Provision of Special Diet Form, so that we can ensure the school kitchen is fully aware of dietary requirements.

Parents/carers are responsible for ensuring that all medication including EpiPens, inhalers and spare diabetes supplies are always in date.

Parents /carers are responsible for ensuring that all contact and emergency numbers are up to date.

Emergency Medication

All students must carry with them, at all times, their emergency medication (including EpiPen, diabetes supplies and inhaler). This includes for all sport and off‐site activities. It is recommended that a spare one is kept in the Student Support for spare/emergency use.

All medication must be in the original container (except insulin). We cannot accept blister packs unless in the original box. All medication must have the container/box labelled with the student’s name.

School staff also receive regular training to support students with medical conditions and work with specialist colleagues when needed to ensure that student’s medical needs are supported effectively.

We store medication in a secure locked cabinet in Student Support, and will administer as appropriate at the request of parents/carers. This is easily accessible and staff are always available to issue medication.

If your child is unwell throughout the day, we can administer the non-prescription pain relief medication. Pupils will be given the standard dosage suitable to their age. We will always contact you for consent and ensure they have not already been given medication. The school hold a small stock of pain relief medicine, if your child suffers from a condition that pain relief may be used regularly, we ask that you provide your preferred medication fully labelled.

If you require a medical form, this can be downloaded below or collected from Student Support.