School Nurse

During COVID-19 the school nurse will be available by appointment only on a 1-1 basis. Any student wishing to see Penny must make the appointment via their PSO.

School Nurse

School Health Service Team

The School Health Service Team serving Rye Hills Academy includes the School Nurse who is a Specialist Public Health Nurse specialising in school health, School Staff Nurses & School Nurse Assistants.We monitor & respond to every child's health need throughout their school lives, aiming to promote health by encouraging healthy choices.

We work in partnership with school staff, other health professionals, parents & young people to help ensure achievement of his/her potential.

Our role at Rye Hills:

* Year 7 - provide support to pupils during their transition between primary & secondary school

* Immunisations - The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is offered in Y8 & Diptheria, Tetanus & Polio in Y10. With consent from parents or careers these are administered in school.

* An Individual Health Plan may be completed where there is an identified medical issue. This includes all those with a Life Threatening Allergy for which our team also provides annual training for all staff.

*Confidential Drop-Ins are available every Wednesday 12:30pm to 3:30pm in the SLT Office (behind reception opposite the college offices) with school nurse: Penny Hesletine, for students to discuss personal information, which will only be shared in order to protect a student / someone else from significant harm. Students may request alternative appointment times if needed. We also run a confidential C-Card drop in from 3.15pm on Wednesday in room 207. This session is only available for 14-16 year olds. If you require further information about the C-Card please contact Mr Carney on 01642 484269.

*Health Promotion is offered throughout school & in partnership with teachers. This includes a range of age related sessions.

* Special Needs- the School Nurse may act as key professional co-ordinating information between families & other professionals involved.

* We will liaise with other professionals & agencies & refer as required, offering advice & support on parenting, behaviour management, bed wetting, contraception, domestic violence, substance misuse & family health.
  We will also support looked after children, families involved in Safeguarding & respond to public health priorities such as immunisation campaigns.

* Consent from parents or careers, young person aged 16 or over (deemed competent in accordance with Fraser Guidelines) is required prior to health assessments, referrals (unless there are child protection concerns) and immunisation.

As a team of professionals we are committed to promoting the health & well being of Rye Hills students and the wider community.

School Nurse Information for Year 6-7 Transition Students:

The school nursing service has put together the following video to show how we can help young people in their journey from primary to secondary school:

We would like you to watch this with your child so they can understand how we can help them during their time at secondary school.

How can I get in touch with my School Nurse?

School Nurses provide advice and support to parents, children, young people and schools, in response to any health concerns.

Contact us: 01642 444011


Your School Nursing Service is available between 8.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Thursday and 8.30am to 4.00pm on Fridays, to provide information and respond to any enquiries.

Virtual drop in?

If you would like to talk to a school nurse by skype, what’s-app video or telephone, you can contact the virtual drop in service every Tuesday and Thursday 3 – 4.30pm. You can contact us on 01642 444011 or email to arrange a call back from one of our nurses.

How can my School Nurse help me and my family?

No problem is too small. We are happy to help with any questions you may have. We can help with a range of concerns and questions including: -

  • Keeping healthy and active
  • Emotional health
  • Coping with changes in life
  • Staying safe online
  • Nutrition & weight management
  • Support with making healthy lifestyle choices
  • Healthy relationship advice
  • Toilet problems / constipation
  • Sleep
  • Body changes & puberty
  • Coping with bereavement

We would like to wish you all the very best during your transition from primary to secondary school.

Best wishes from your school nursing service.