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School nurses (sometimes known as public health school nurses) promote and protect the physical health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people who are school age.

For information about school nursing services in Northumberland, please click here.

For information about school nursing services in North Tyneside, please click here.


Special school nursing

Our special school nurses are health professionals with additional training to provide specialist nursing and public health advice in specific schools. This includes delivering education to children with disabilities and complex physical and/or emotional health needs.

We can provide information, support and advice for children and young people with emotional health needs, their parents and carers, and schools. We can help with a variety of issues including:

  • health assessments and care plans
  • training for school staff on specific health conditions and medications in school
  • support with weight concerns
  • healthy relationships
  • the promotion of healthy lifestyles with groups and individuals

Nurses can discuss issues with you on the telephone, see you in school or visit you at home. If you need an appointment please call the nurse to arrange this. Nurses are available term time during school hours, though some after school appointments may also be available.

Students also have identified times at lunchtime drop in sessions when they can speak to the nurses or via their classroom teacher and support assistants.

Preparing for adulthood

If a young person between 14 to 18 years has complex and on-going physical health needs, we will work with you, your family, and services involved in your care such as doctors, specialist nurses to consider what support you might need in adulthood. This information is documented in your health transition summary care plan and a hospital passport which includes key information about your care. Young people who are 14 and over with a learning disability are entitled to a free yearly health check with your GP. We will write to you when you are due a health check.

School nurse contacts

  • Beacon Hill School, Southlands School, Silverdale School, Silverdale Primary ARP – 0191 6433005/6433010
  • Castle School, Northumberland Church of England Academy, Josephine Butler Campus – 01670 844322
  • Cleaswell Hill School  01670 823182
  • Hexham Priory School – 01434 613440
  • The Grove School, Berwick Upon Tweed – 01289 306390
  • Woodlawn School and Sixth Form, Beacon Hill Sixth Form, Melrose Centre & Benton Dene School – 0191 6432597
  • Team Lead, Elaine Davies –  07795413396

Sexual health service- our Trust offer free and confidential sexual health information and advice for anyone aged 13 and over

Immunisation service– our Trust specialist nurses deliver the national immunisation programme in schools in Northumberland

Young Minds  – information on child and adolescent mental health services for parents and professionals


Frank – confidential advice and information on drugs

Kids Health – information on staying healthy, specific information for teenagers, young children and parents

Embarrassing problems – advice on problems that you might find difficult to talk about