What to expect

Starting secondary school can be an exciting time for some children and a distressing time for others. By supporting you at this time is essential in helping you to develop trust in new people, develop friendships and feel confident in yourself.

 

Greenwich schools

All schools in Greenwich have a named school nurse who visits the school weekly or bi weekly dependant on need and the school office will have their name and contact details.

School nurses are qualified nurses with specialist graduate level education in community health and the health needs of school-aged children and young people. School nurses work in partnership with other agencies and as part of the wider multidisciplinary team to support the health and wellbeing of school-aged children.

If any health concerns are identified in the transition handover from your primary school, you have informed the school of any health conditions or health concerns are shared via the previous nurse, the school nurse will contact your parent / carer to discuss them. If a health care plan is required a meeting with you, your parent / carer and a member of the school staff will be arranged to ensure the safety of you and medications whilst in school.

As part of the healthy child programme and local commissioned core offer, general welcome assemblies are delivered to Year 7’s to raise an awareness of who the named school nurse is, how to contact them and what their role is.

 

Year 9

In Year 9, an assembly is held to introduce the online health assessment which is completed in schools. The information collected is generic health information in relation to eating habits, smoking status, emotional health. Young people can add their details if they would like a follow up contact with their school nurse but this is not compulsory.

During your time in secondary school, you may see the school nurse as school nurses support schools in providing advice and support with safeguarding issues, supporting the PSHE or PSE (personal social education) curriculum. School nurses also facilitate confidential drop in’s or 1:1 appointments, so young people can come for advice on emotional health, anger management, healthy eating behaviour and more. If any concerns arise in the drop-ins or 1:1, this will be shared with your parent / carer or the school designated safeguarding lead as required.

A poster with helpful information will be emailed to all school pupils via the school email system. This promotes you to seek advice and support independently, however seek out the school nurse or an adult in school you trust if you need to talk or need help.

 

Confidentiality

What you talk to the school nurse about remains confidential: which means that I do not talk to your teachers or parents about the stuff you have spoken to me about.

HOWEVER:

There are some occasions when I will not be able to keep what you have told me confidential:

This is because what you have told me may cause harm to yourself or to another person.

Before I tell anyone, I will give you a full explanation of why I need to tell someone, when the information is going to be shared and who with.