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school nurse

Sarah Elsley is Meadowbrook College's School Health Nurse

School Nurses are qualified nurses who work in schools across Oxfordshire and provide the following:

  • advice on health choices such as healthy eating, sexual health and substance misuse eg. drugs, alcohol, cigarettes
  • health reviews
  • deliver childhood immunisations
  • support for teenage parents and families with complex needs

Safeguarding children and young people is at the heart of what they do, and they work with parents/carers as well as with partner agencies such as social health care services.

Please see the letter below from Sarah which signposts you to a contact number for her during this period where many of you are at home social distancing or self-isolating. 

Sarah is contactable Monday-Friday, between 08.00 – 16.00

Contact Information:

Telephone: Via Meadowbrook Harlow Centre switchboard on 01865 253198

Further information can be obtained from the School Nurse Website:

or their facebook page

the role of a school nurse 

Secondary schools within Oxfordshire have a named NHS School Health Nurse who is based in the school.  The aim of the School Nurse is to offer evidence based preventative health care for children and young people.  We strive to improve young people’s health and well-being, and their life chances.  I will work closely with teaching and well-being staff at Meadowbrook College, encouraging students to be both physically and emotionally healthy in order to make informed healthy lifestyle choices and reach their full potential. 

what school nurses do 

School Nurses provide public health interventions, including (but not exclusive to): 

  • Someone to talk to confidentially to address issues concerning emotional, physical, sexual and social health and wellbeing 
  • Immunisations
  • Health lifestyle choices (keeping safe, smoking cessation, substance misuse advice)
  • Support teachers with PSHE
  • Refer and signpost to specialist services 
  • Offer a confidential School Nurse Service
  • Provide contraception, pregnancy testing and sexual health screening. 


The School Nursing service is confidential.  This means we can discuss personal information with young people in confidence and will not discuss it with anyone else without their permission.   However, we would pass on any information that we feel is needed to protect a young person or someone else from serious harm.  Whenever possible, this would be discussed with the young person first.  


Meadowbrook College is an AP Academy managed by Radcliffe Academy which is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with registered company number 9334026 and its registered address at Raymund Road, Marston, Oxford OX3 0PG