The Medical Centre
Ensuring that our pupils remain fit and well while they are at School is of prime importance to us. 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.
Our Pastoral Centre, which adjoins the Medical Centre, is a place for quietness and the base for the School's Mental Health Team (this includes two experienced Mental Health Workers and a School Counsellor who is a Clinical Psychologist by profession) and our Head of PSHE. Our pastoral curriculum and support systems integrate and flow seamlessly to promote mental wellbeing amongst our pupils. In our Tutorial Programme we revisit the concepts of physical and mental health regularly to deepen pupils' understanding. For additional support, pupils who are in Form 3 and above can book an appointment themselves through the Oakham Start Page, whilst younger students can go through their House team.
I joined Oakham School as Medical Centre Manager in 2018. Prior to this, I worked 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. My 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 as a nurse
in Leicester, qualifying in 2003, 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.