Swindon School Nursing Service

The school nursing service includes specialist nurses, registered nurses and school health screeners, all of whom have a wealth of experience and undertake regular training to work with children, young people and their families.

School nurses support children’s health needs within their educational environment. This support includes:

  • Help with developing and agreeing health care plans for children with complex needs and training staff when children need special medical help or medication in school
  • Meeting with children and their families to support health issues
  • Vision, hearing, height and weight screening
  • Mental and emotional health and wellbeing

Every school and alternative setting can access school nurse services during term time via their appropriate locality team.

School Nurses’ Main Roles Include

  • Supporting children and young people with their physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing and equipping them with the resources to enable them to make healthy lifestyle choices throughout life
  • Offering confidential advice and support to children, young people, parents and carers
  • Working in partnership with children, families and professionals to identify and protect children who are suffering, or are at risk of harm
  • Referring children and young people with specific health needs to appropriate specialist support where necessary
  • Completing review annual health assessments for all children who are Looked After


All children attending mainstream and alternative education settings (aged 4-18 years)  are eligible for school nursing support. 

How to Arrange a Referral for Your Child

    • Referrals are accepted from parents, children, young people, school staff or professionals
    • Referrals can be made by parents and young people via phone or email.
    • Professionals are required to complete a written 'Request for Service' to be securely emailed or posted to the appropriate locality. 

Each school/alternative setting will be able to provide you with the details and locality of the school nurse.

Who can request the service

Request for service are accepted from:

  • Children and young people
  • Parents, carers or guardians
  • School staff
  • Other professionals.

The referral can be made:

  • By telephone or email (children and young people, parents/guardians)
  • By completion of 'Request for Service' (RFS) form to be sent to locality office or duty email locality account. 

Next Steps

All requests for service will be assessed by the school nurse locality team leader and then allocated to a named school nurse. The school nurse will contact you to arrange an appointment or discuss your concerns. This will usually be within three 'term time' weeks.

Contact details

For schools in the South email: sns@swindon.gov.uk  tele: 01793 465030

For schools in the North email: snn@swindon.gov.uk  tele: 01793 465050

By phone 01793 46 54 52 (0-19 duty line – please note this is not an emergency number)
Please ensure you include your contact details, the name of your child / young person and the school they attend. We will contact you by phone to arrange follow up.

Immunisations for School Age Children

For more information you can read the attached document: Immunisations for School Age Children

See the Staying Health pages for more on  NHS health checks, screening and immunisation.

What support are school nurses providing during the Coronavirus pandemic?

School nurses will continue to offer support to children, young people and parents either through face to face contacts, phone or video calling.

Other Links:

The Spotty Book 2021 - Notes on infectious diseases in Schools and Nurseries

Page updated 10/01/2022