We are Jo Blanchard and Carly Dykes and are West Bridgford School’s named school nurses. We are employed by the National Health Service (not the school). We cover the West Bridgford Schools family of schools – that includes Jesse Gray, Heymann, Greythorn Primary Schools and West Bridgford Infants and Juniors (in addition we also cover Edwalton Primary School). Our role is very mixed. There are aspects of the role which are routine like monitoring growth of children for the government, and other aspects which are more to do with signposting parents and young people to services and supporting parents and young children who might need someone just to talk to about any health issue that is worrying them (anything from weight to feeling low to teenage worries). As school nurses employed by the Health Service, unless we are told something that poses a safeguarding risk, we are able to keep conversations confidential. Students are welcome to come and talk to us. We run a School Nurse Drop in Clinic for students every Monday lunch time. We are in and out of West Bridgford School at other times and if we are in we will see students or will make an appointment for students at a convenient time. Students can also leave a written note for us and post it under our door. Our office is in the Design and Technology Block next to First Aid. Students can also contact us at our NHS base which is West Bridgford Health Centre – telephone 0115 8837300. Keep Calm and Visit the School Nurse!