Academy Health Nurses
We joined The Oxford Academy in September 2012 and have been working closely with teaching and support staff as well as parents and carers to encourage students to be both physically and emotionally healthy and to help them to reach their full potential.
Support and advice
School nurses offer support and advice and raise awareness on a range of health issues such as smoking cessation, healthy eating, emotional health and reducing risky behaviours (drugs, alcohol and sexual health).
This is provided in a variety of ways such as one to one support, group work and by contributing to the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural curriculum currently in school.
We hold a drop in session in the Bistro area on Tuesdays and Fridays at lunchtime and have a different interactive health topic each week that is proving to be very popular.
We also provide school staff with training to support children with health needs such as severe allergies, epilepsy and asthma. We may contact parents and carers to help us with completing a health care plan to support their child in school.
School Nurses offer a confidential service and hold health records on children and young people. If we have any safeguarding concerns we follow Oxfordshire Safeguarding Board ‘Information Sharing Protocol’ available at www.oscb.org.uk. Further information is available in the leaflet ‘Your rights and your health record’ at www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk .
Childhood Immunisation Programme
In Year 8 girls are offered the Human papilloma Virus (HPV) immunisation that protects against cervical cancer and genital warts.
In Year 9/10 students are offered their 5th and final dose Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio booster and Measles, Mumps and Rubella immunisation if needed.
How can you contact us?
We provide a service throughout the year excluding weekends and bank holidays and welcome your questions and concerns.
Children and young people can contact us at school to arrange an appointment. Parents and carers can either contact school reception on 01865 774311, our direct line on 01865 783267 or 01865 771975 during school holidays. Teachers and other professionals can refer to us using the school nurse referral form.
We are committed to providing a high standard of professional support and advice and would welcome any feedback that will help us improve our service.
Laura Ulyatt, School Nurse and Natalie Gallagher, Community Staff Nurse for SHN Team.