The school Medical Centre is staffed by registered nurses who provide medical cover on Monday to Friday from 07:30 – 20.00 in term time. We also have a Pastoral Matron whose hours are from 08:30 – 17.30 Monday to Friday in term time. In addition, many members of the school staff are qualified first aiders and are available through boarding or the out of hour’s activity they are participating in, should the pupils require any assistance.
The Medical Team
Mrs Claire Harris – Lead Nurse | Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Claire trained at Addenbrooke’s as a Registered General Nurse, (RGN) later specialising in Intensive Care (general, cardiac and paediatric). Prior to joining Box Hill School in 2008, she spent 3 years at The Children’s Trust, Tadworth, as part of their ‘Vent’ team, caring for children with multiple disabilities and complex health care needs.
Mrs Elaine Claridge – School Nurse | Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Elaine trained as an RGN at St Mary’s Paddington followed by working in midwifery. She was a ward sister for 8 years and then trained and worked as a clinical teacher for two years. Prior to joining the school, she set up and ran her own Nursing Agency for 20 years.
Mrs Bernadette O’Connor – School Nurse | Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Bernadette trained as a RGN at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford. She was a community staff nurse in Wimbledon. Prior to joining the school, she was a school nurse at City of London Freemen’s School in Ashstead for 4 years.
Mrs Justine Braid – School Nurse | Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Justine completed her nursing degree at Manchester University. Her experience includes a charitable health role in India and community roles in the UK, including 20 years in health visiting, sexual health and school nursing.
Mrs Amanda Ackland – School Nurse (Bank)
Amanda trained as a RGN at The Westminster Hospital. She then did further training in Midwifery and Health Visiting. Prior to joining Box Hill School in 2010, she worked for 20 years as a Health Visitor in South West London.
Mrs Angie Wright – Matron | Monday – Friday
After graduating from Langham Secretarial College Angie worked as PA to the College Secretary at the Royal College of Pathologists. Upon relocating to Surrey she worked in various sectors of the NHS including secretarial support for consultants and as a receptionist in a medical practice.
Mrs Cathy Salvi – School Counsellor | Monday-Thursday. Tel: 07712395541 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Raj Sekhon – school GP | Monday lunchtime
Dr Louise Tomei – school GP | Friday lunchtime
Every pupil is different, and we use a holistic approach in planning their care, taking into consideration their physical, emotional and psychological needs. We complete individual health care planning, for health and special needs.
We work closely with all pupils to help them take responsibility for their own health and with the teaching staff to ensure that each pupil fulfils their potential. We aim to treat pupils with a caring and professional manner. We strive to keep the pupils in class so that they do not miss too many lessons and aim to provide safe healthcare provision in school according to professional standards.
We are always pleased to talk to any parent/guardian about their child’s health, either on the telephone or in person, and we are always available for pupils to talk to us. Sometimes the pupils talk to us in confidence, and we respect this, except where their welfare is at risk.
If a Year 7 pupil is seen by the school nurse, parents will be notified by e-mail, phone call, medical note home, or details will be written in the pupil’s diary. When a pupil is too unwell to remain in school, the nurses will contact the parents/guardian to arrange collection. The school has a 48 hour off school policy for all vomiting/diarrhoea illnesses, in line with the recommendations by Public Health England.