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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 Sutton Valence Surgery, to provide daily care.  Based on 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 that 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

Our Nurse, Alison McDermott is a qualified Registered General Nurse with over twenty years’ experience. She is also a parent with school-aged children and so has a great understanding when dealing with pupils. Boarders are registered at Sutton Valence Surgery.  A number of doctors are available including Dr Will Mangar, Dr Chris Cranston and Dr Sui Ling (who speaks fluent Mandarin). A clinic is held at school once a week, but appointments can also be arranged for pupils at the surgery where necessary. 

The School Counsellor is Sally Cloke. She is an experienced and fully qualified Integrative Counsellor and enjoys working with individuals and young people. Should any of our students experience worries or anxieties, Sally is available to talk to in confidence. She builds a safe, confidential and trusting relationship, to work together with the students to find creative and practical ways to manage these worries. This may include mindfulness practices, talking or using creative resources to promote greater understanding, build confidence and emotional resilience


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 the surgery. 


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.

Contact Us

Sutton Valence School

North Street, Sutton Valence, Kent, ME17 3HL


Tel: 01622 845200


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