Medical Information

We want our children to be fit and healthy, to ensure they enjoy school and they work to the best of their ability.  However we all know children do get ill frequently, and of course being a school, illnesses can spread quickly.  We do ask, for the sake of all children (and staff) that if your child is unwell you keep them at home, and only let them come back to school when they are better or when the required time frame has passed.

All our support staff have been trained in Emergency First Aid.  We also have a handful of staff that are trained to a higher level and who are designated first aiders during the school day and at lunchtimes.


It is not the school’s legal responsibility to accept the administration of medicines on behalf of the parent. If short term medicines such as antibiotics or cough linctus etc is necessary during the day it implies the child may not be sufficiently recovered from their illness and should not be in school. Where it is essential for medication to be administered in school (asthma, diabetes, anaphalactic shock) parents must give written permission and directions about how and when to use – a form is available from the school office. We remind parents that it is their responsibility to ensure sufficient medication is provided and kept up to date.

Our Pupil Illness and Medication Policy (follow link), details what to do if your child is ill, when they can come back to school or what happens if he/she falls ill at school.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to come and speak to the office.


It is normal for the child to:

Feel sick                                      Feel lethargic
Have mild bruising                  Have a mild headache
Have swelling to the head      Have mild dizziness

Your child will require observation for 24 hours from the time of the injury. If they display any of the signs or symptoms below or you become concerned, please seek medical assistance from NHS 111 Service, your GP, attend an Emergency Department or in the case of emergency dial 999/112 for emergency help.

  • Speech problems
  • Balance problems
  • Memory loss
  • Increasing drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Worsening headache
  • Unusual behaviour
  • Seizures
  • Visual problems
  • Weakness in an arm or leg
  • Nausea
  • Loss of hearing
  • Bruising behind ears
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Bleeding or fluid from an ear or nose

With lighter evenings finally here, lots of us are making the most of the spring weather enjoying our beautiful countryside. But are you tick aware? And would they know what to do if they were bitten by a tick?
Ticks are small spider-like creatures that feed on the blood of animals, including people. They can be found where there are deer, small mammals or wild birds and tend to prefer damp, shady dense vegetation, leaf litter and long grass. They can also be found in woodland, open country, public parks or gardens, particularly in the spring and autumn.
Bacterial infections such as Lyme disease can be spread to humans when they’re bitten by an infected tick so that’s why it’s important to know how to prevent tick bites and what to do if you’re bitten.

Please follow link to North Somerset Council information about ticks and tick bite prevention.

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High Down Schools
Down Road, Portishead
Bristol BS20 6DY