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Secondary 12 to 19 years

Age: 12-19

School: Year 7 – Year 13

Key Stages: 3 and 4


As your child becomes a teenager and moves up to secondary school they will be encouraged to take more responsibility for their health and personal development.

At secondary school, children will receive personal, social and health education (PSHE). School nurses are often invited to speak and meet with young people to help them grow in independence and learn how to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Many schools have a weekly drop-in session with school nurses or other health and care professionals where young people can get information and advice in confidence.

In year 9 your child will be offered diphtheria, tetanus and polio booster and Meningococcal groups ACWY. There will also be an opportunity for your child to receive the Measles,Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR) if they have not already received two combined doses. Please see the DTP school list  for dates when the immunisation team will be in your child's school.

In year 8, girls are offered HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccination to protect against cervical cancer.

Click here to watch a video: Keeping your child safe - HPV vaccine for girls in year 8

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust is aware that emails, questioning the safety and effectiveness of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine have been circulated to some local authorities and secondary schools.  Please see the attached letter for further information.

Click here to watch a video: Keeping your child safe - teenage booster vaccines

In most main stream secondary schools in Bucks the School Nursing Team offers a monthly drop in advice service for pupils and staff. The arrangement will vary in each school with not all pupil age groups being able to access the full range of support. The nurses will be able to offer advice on many topics such as mood management, stress, anxiety, body image, self harm, relationships, sexual health, young carers, substance misuse, growing up and transition to adulthood. In some cases these monthly sessions will be used to undertake clinical 1:1 work with the young people. The nurses can also work with pupil groups around education on management of long term medical conditions like asthma. School staff will also be able to seek advice and discuss concerns with the nursing team to ensure referrals can be directed to the correct services. The previous Year 9 online health assessments will be reinstated in 2019/20 once we have been able to develop our existing workforce and build better school health advice clinics in secondary schools increasing our visibility to pupils and staff.

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