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Medical Centre

The Medical Centre provides a fully inclusive and friendly service to pupils, parents and staff.  It is staffed by highly qualified nurses with support from the school Medical Officer from Cobtree Medical Practice, to provide daily care.  Based within the School grounds it can be easily accessed by all those in the school community.  The team work hard to ensure that pupils have access to a warm, safe and supportive environment whilst at school.
The Medical Centre is fully equipped to enable staff to deal with routine care as well as accidents and emergencies. This includes monitoring pupils with diabetes, asthma and other medical conditions.  The team provides a high-quality service which is confidential, respecting individual needs, whilst practising within professional guidelines and the policies of the School. 
Our facilities include a waiting room, consultation room and treatment room downstairs. Upstairs there are three bedrooms which can be used to accommodate pupils who are unwell during the day. 

Medical Centre Team

There are two Nurses, Alison McDermott and Louise Schembri. Both are qualified Registered General Nurses with over fifty years’ experience between them. They are also both parents with school-aged children and so have a great understanding when dealing with pupils. Boarders are registered at Cobtree Medical Practice.  A number of doctors are available including Dr Mike Heber and Dr Siuling Wong (who speaks fluent Mandarin).  A clinic is held at school once a but appointments can also be arranged for pupils at Cobtree Medical Practice where necessary. The School Counsellor is Ruth Webb, a psychotherapist who also lectures in Mental Health and has a private psychotherapy practice. Ruth works with individuals, couples and family groups and will often broaden work with individual pupils to involve parents, staff and the family unit.


The Medical Centre is open during school hours.  Out of school hours, a Nurse is On-Call from home for Boarders who are unwell. Parents and guardians are welcome to contact the Medical Centre at any time concerning the health and welfare of a pupil.
Please email or call 01622 845235.

New pupils

On entry to SVS, pupils will meet with the nursing staff to discuss any health issues. It is essential that the relevant Medical Consent Form is returned prior to a pupil starting at SVS. Full immunisation history MUST be provided with dates. For UK students, a copy of the record can be obtained from the GP. For International students, please provide a translated copy of the record.


Routine Immunisations are carried out as per UK Vaccination Schedule ( The dedicated Immunisation Team provide this service in School. This is offered to all pupils. Travel vaccinations can be administered for boarders who are registered at Cobtree. 


We stock a number of homely remedies which are listed on the Medical Consent Forms. Consent is required for medication to be given to pupils whilst at school.


All medical and nursing care is carried out under the NHS and, therefore, there are no charges for medication, dressings or routine vaccinations. Individual referrals to other health professionals may be available on a private basis but will incur a charge unless the pupil has private health cover..


Medical consent form for Boarders Form Templates\Sutton Valence School Boarding Pupil Medical Form.docx

Medical consent form for Day Pupils Form Templates\Sutton Valence School Day Pupil Medical Form.docx

Contact Us

Sutton Valence School

North Street, Sutton Valence, Kent, ME17 3HL


Tel: 01622 845200


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