Sturminster Marshall First School

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Pastoral Care

Child Protection

This school takes seriously its responsibility to pro­tect and safeguard the welfare of the children and young people in its care.  Our first priority is your child's welfare and therefore there may be rare occasions when our concern about your child means that we have to consult other agencies before we contact you.  The Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Area Child Protection Committee have determined the procedures we follow.  If you want to know more about these procedures, please speak to the Headteacher.

Pupil Welfare

We have regular visits provided by the School Nurse.  Parents can call in with any concerns and talk to the nurse.

Medical Examinations and School Nurse checks take place in school for the Foundation children, and there are periodic checks on hearing and vision.  An annual dental inspection is carried out for Foundation and Year Four children.

If children become ill in school, the class teacher makes an assessment of the necessary course of action. If it is felt that the child needs to go home, parents will be contacted.


Headlice inspections are no longer routinely carried out, and parents are strongly urged to check children’s heads regularly for signs of lice.  If found, the whole family should be treated.  Please keep affected children away from school until the treatment, which is simple and effective, has been properly carried out. Advice is available from the school office.

Administration of Drugs/Medicines

Staff are not normally expected to administer drugs to pupils.  The following points are offered as guidance:

  1. In exceptional cases an official consent form may be obtained from the school office.
  2. Drugs that may be considered are those needed by children who are fit for school, but need long-term medication, e.g. asthma, epilepsy, allergies.
  3. If allowed, the medication should be clearly labelled with the child’s name, the name of the drug and the dosage.
  4. The medication must be handed to the Headteacher or the School Administration Officer by the parent, and never by the child.
  5. Please do not put medicines into lunch boxes.
  6. Most antibiotics can be spaced out through the day to enable administration when the child is at home.

Staff are not allowed to administer non-prescribed medication and can only give basic first-aid.  However parents can, if they wish, call at school and administer non-prescription medication to their children themselves.  Parents will be contacted if a child feels unwell or needs medical treatment.  An Accident Book is kept in school.  We will always contact you if your child receives a bump on the head.