The Medical Centre
We do all that we can to ensure that our pupils remain fit and well while they are at School. If, however, a pupil becomes unwell, we provide round-the-clock medical care to ensure he or she receives the treatment and advice they need to feel better and ready to return to school life.
We have a Medical Centre on site, which is staffed by a team of senior nurses with the support of a local doctor’s surgery. There is someone either in the Medical Centre, or if there are no ‘in-patients’ overnight, the team are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We keep parents informed of any treatment needed by their child at any time.
For boarders Matron is often the first port of call in case of illness. She can also organise any dental or optician’s appointments, and arrange physiotherapy with a local physiotherapist, as needed.
Sometimes, it is not just physical support a teenager may need and a School Counsellor is available for pupils whether they are boarding or day students.
I have been a qualified nurse for 15 years and recently started as Medical Centre Manager at Oakham School. Prior to this, I was working for over ten years in an independent girls day School in Leicester, where I was Head of Year 6 and Year 7, a Pastoral and Safeguarding lead and the whole School Nurse. The role at Oakham school is a varied, challenging but hugely rewarding one, as we aim to provide the highest standard of health care for the pupils here. We work closely with the local GP practice as well as other outside agencies and I am lucky to manage a team who bring so much experience to the department. I trained in Leicester and have done many post registration courses since, mainly in public health, mental health and eating disorders. Before my work in Schools, I worked as a community nurse for the NHS and have also had hospital experience across the three main sites in Leicester. Outside of work, I enjoy the theatre, music and food and of course, spending time with my family.
I joined Oakham School in 1998 as the Sister-in-Charge of the School Medical Centre. I previously worked as a paediatric Sister at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow. In September 2016 my title was changed to Senior Nurse. My hobbies are golf, music and fitness. I play county golf for Lincolnshire Senior Ladies and I am the Ladies Handicap and Competition Secretary for Greetham Valley Golf Club.