Secondary schools within Oxfordshire have a named NHS School Health Nurse. The aim of the School Nurse is to offer evidence based, accessible, preventative health care for children and young people. Our School Health Nurse, Ms Caroline Smith, works closely with other professionals and school staff to support students to be both physically and emotionally healthy, make informed healthy lifestyle choices, improve physical and emotional health in order that they reach their full potential.
Our School Nurse works Thursday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm during term time.
There are regular ‘drop in’ school nursing sessions at lunch and break times where no appointment is needed. The School Nurse's availability is displayed on her office door in J2.
Appointments and referrals:
To make an appointment please contact the School Nurse on the details below.
Referrals: Teachers, Heads of Student Progress, Pastoral Leads or another health professional may also ask the School Nurse to review students health.
Making contact: The School Nurse may contact students via a slip from reception.
Contact telephone number: 07717661485 (text or call)
If you need to contact the School Nursing team during the school holidays, please call The City School Nursing Team on: 01865 904225 during office hours.
The School Nursing Service is not an emergency service. If students' are in need of immediate nursing or medical help, please contact a member of staff on site who will locate a member of staff trained in first aid. If students' are off site in the case of an emergency, please call 999.
If students are in need of emergency contraception outside of the school nurses working hours or the school nurse is unavailable students are advised to attend their GP practice, local sexual health clinic or local pharmacy as soon as they can. Emergency contraception is most effective if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. Local sexual health clinic times and contact details are displayed outside the School Nurse's office or can be accessed via www.sexualhealthoxfordshire.nhs.uk.
Examples of what the School Health Nurse can offer include:
- Someone to talk to confidentially about health, including physical health, emotional health, sexual health and general wellbeing or any other health related topics you might like advice, information or support with.
- Advice and support about healthy choices (e.g. preventing ill health, keeping safe, drugs, alcohol, quitting smoking, exercise, maintaining healthy growth/weight, dental health)
- Emergency contraception, advice and support with contraception, pregnancy testing and chlamydia screening.
- Provide teaching sessions and support teachers with delivery of PSHE.
- Provide information and signpost to specialist services which may be able to support you.
If we cannot help, we will find someone who can.
A useful website for help for young people in Oxfordshire is: OXME.info
- The School Nursing service is confidential. This means you can discuss personal information with us and we will not discuss it with anyone else without your permission, unless we feel that you or another may be at risk of harm. If information needs to be shared we will always try to discuss this with you first so that you know why, and what will happen.
- New students to Year 7: School Nurse Introduction Letter, health questionnaire and offer of appointment.
- School leavers in Year 11 and 13: School Nurse appointment offer letter.
In this section you can find the information booklet explaining each immunisation administered to young people and answer to frequently asked questions, and copies of each of the consent forms which you can print off and complete ready for your immunisation session if you cannot find the copy given to you to take home.