The Kingsway School is committed to Safeguarding. Kingsway students should not bring to school any medicines or non-prescribed medicines without informing the school in advance. We strongly discourage parents and carers from allowing students to have medicines or non-prescribed medicines (including paracetamol) on their person, during the school day. This action safeguards against a variety of potential risks.

Prescribed Medicines

  • Medicines are only given in school where it is essential; that is where it would be detrimental to a child’s health if the medicine were not administered during the school day.
  • We only accept medicines that have been prescribed by a doctor, dentist, nurse practitioner or pharmacist prescriber.
  • Medicines should always be provided in the original container as dispensed by a pharmacist and include the prescribers instructions for administration and dosage.

Non-prescribed Medicines: Paracetamol, Hayfever tablets

  • We only administer non-prescribed medicines if we have obtained parental permission.
  • Form 3a is completed by a parent/carer for regular usage.
  • Prior to administering Paracetamol we always check:
    1. That the medicine has been administered without adverse effect in the past.
    2. When the young person last had a dose administered
    3. If any other medicine containing Paracetamol has been administered
    4. The dose of Paracetamol to be administered and what it is being administered for.
  • A verbal consent form is completed.
  • Form 3b is completed

Record Keeping

Although there is no legal requirement to keep records of medicines given to pupils, and the staff involved, it is good practice to do so. Records offer protection to staff and proof that they have followed agreed procedures.

  • Form 3a is completed by parents/carers for the use of medicines to be given long term.
  • Form 3b is completed when long term medicines are administered
  • Medicines should always be provided in the original container as dispensed by a pharmacist and include the prescribers instructions.
  • Verbal consent form is completed when Paracetamol is administered.

Storing Medicines

  • All prescribed medicines are stored in a locked cupboard within a locked room.
  • Non-prescribed medicines are stored in a locked cupboard.

Students bringing prescribed medicine into school: Short term use

We would encourage parents who feel it necessary to send students into school with medication to provide:

  • Written consent.
  • Medication for that day only in the original container.
  • Students should be encouraged to hand them into the welfare assistant rather than keeping them on their person.

Providing paracetamol in school: Short term use

It is recommended that the school keeps its own stock of tablets. This reduces the risk of pupils carrying medicines.

Parental consent would still be required prior to administering any medicines.

If you have any concerns, our Welfare Assistants are Mrs L. Kelman and Mrs N. Peach and they can be contacted on:

Telephone: 0161 428 7706 ext. 489

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