School Nurse

Our School Nursing team consists of Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (SCPHN), School Staff Nurses and Community Nursery Nurses. The team offers services throughout the year, including school holidays.

What does our School Nurse do?

Our school nurses are registered nurses who have professional experience in supporting the health needs of all school aged children. They continue the work of the Health Visitor in promoting good health and prevention of illness in the school aged population. This is in line with the Department of Health ‘Healthy Child Programme’ The School Nursing team also work closely with a number of other community and voluntary sectors. These services include GP surgeries, Paediatricians, Schools, Early Help teams and other Sutton Health and Care partners.

Our School Nursing team works with parents, carers, children and young people providing advice and support on the following:

  • Children with additional needs and complex health needs
  • Sleep
  • Behaviour
  • Child development
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Eating concerns
  • Toileting
  • Alcohol, drugs and smoking
  • Emotional and mental health issues
  • Sexual health and relationships

Our School Nursing team offer:

  • Confidential drop in offered in high schools
  • PSHE health education in schools
  • Enuresis (bedwetting) clinics
  • National Child Measurement Programme
  • Supporting health needs in school- health care plan where required
  • Home visits
  • Safeguarding
  • Referral to other specialists

This can be part of direct work with individual children and families or as group talks within the
classroom in both primary schools and high schools.

Who do they work with?

They often work with other agencies in the best interests of families, including, education staff, GPs,
health visitors, speech therapists, hospital staff, therapists and both children and adult social

They may share confidential information with these agencies with your consent. They will only share
information without permission when we have a duty of care due to serious concerns about the
welfare or safety of a child or young person. 

When to expect to see our school nurse team

Your school nurse will contact you at the following stages:

  • When your child starts in reception – we will ask you to fill in a health questionnaire about your child’s health. We will also ask for your consent to see your child in school to be weighed and measured. If you identify that your child has some health needs, we will contact you to discuss further and possibly arrange to meet with you.
  • Year 6 – we will offer you the opportunity to have your child weighed and measured again.
  • Year 10 – you and your child will be sent a health questionnaire.

In addition: A member of the School Nursing team may meet with you at the school’s parent/teacher afternoons and evenings.

How to contact our School Nurse

By phone on 020 8770 5409
By email at
Ask at your school’s office

The School Nursing team are available Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) 9am–5pm and we can visit you at school, home, within a community setting or at a children’s centre.
Young Person confidential phone line 020 8770 4409 9am-4pm Monday- Friday or email Instagram @suttonschoolnursing

Young people can access the drop-in at high school without an appointment; just ask in the school
office for the day of the week and available times.