Job Description

School Nurse required to work part-time (2 days a week term time only) to job share with the current nurse.

The purpose of the role is to provide a high standard of care and first aid to pupils, and to provide first aid to members of staff and any visitors while on site.

Key Responsibilities

· Supervise the medical room (including care of sick, injured and distressed individuals until better and further care can be arranged with parents, hospital, dispense drugs as appropriate etc).

· Implement and maintain arrangements for First Aid provision to comply with statutory and SJCS requirements, including risk assessment to determine sensibly and reasonably the total numbers of First Aid personnel required, the training of First Aiders, maintenance of records, accident reporting arrangements, statutory notices and First Aid boxes.

· Providing first aid and emergency care and treatment as necessary.

· Providing drop-in service for pupils during the school day with minor illnesses and injuries.

· Caring for children who are ill and confined to bed, monitoring their condition and seeking help or hospitalisation as necessary.

· Work with parents, carers, specialist health professionals and others to develop, implement and monitor in-school care plans for pupils with complex health needs and long-term conditions (eg asthma, diabetes, epilepsy etc) to enable them to attend and benefit from school.

· Advise parents on immunisation programmes, outbreaks of communicable diseases.

· Managing the school’s First Aid rota, ensuring that there is adequate First Aid cover at Byron House, Senior House, in the Boarding House, on the playing fields and on trips/excursions.

· Contributing to the training of staff with regard to specific medical conditions affecting the children, e.g. anaphylaxis, asthma.

· Dispensing medicines either prescribed or from the non-prescription formulary in accordance with the school’s Management of Medications document.

· Liaising with the Choir Doctor, members of staff and parents.

· Maintaining accurate accident and medical records in accordance with data protection legislation.

· Support the School’s risk assessment process by providing advice and pupil medical reports to staff leading off site visits and matches as required.

· Contribute to the development of school emergency/business continuity plans including a response to outbreaks of communicable diseases.

· Contribute to medical care on trips and excursions as required.

· Review and update school medical policies to ensure regulatory compliance.

· Secretary for the termly Medical Committee Meetings.

· Attend, constructively participate in and prepare reports for the school’s Health & Safety Committee.

· Be responsible for the Medical budget.

· Provide medical support to the Choristers when they are in residence outside of school term time.

· Provide advice to, and nurture relationships with, the boarding house staff and resident pupils.

· Provide specific medical provision for pupils under the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (SENDA) and provide guidance as required on reasonable adjustments to be made to provision, resources and facilities as a consequence of medical conditions, in accordance with SENDA, liaising with teachers and support staff as required.

All staff are required to attend staff meetings and to attend INSET arranged in School during the holidays as appropriate. The school has a generous training budget and is fully committed to supporting the professional development of staff.

This job description is not exhaustive and may be added to from time to time.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training

Essential Criteria

An RN Qualification or equivalent (the school will meet the costs of on-going professional development) with a valid NMC PIN

Current NMC registration

First Aid at Work and Pediatric First Aid qualifications (the school will meet the cost of training)

Desirable Criteria

First Aid instructor qualification

Post registration training (eg Asthma, Diabetes, Mental Health etc)


Essential Criteria

Ability to work effectively both in collaboration with other professionals / teams and also on own initiative.

Knowledge of medicine and nursing practices relating to children and children related conditions

Comprehensive knowledge of first aid

Awareness of current public health services and legislation

Desirable Criteria

Experience of working in education/boarding education


Essential Criteria

Keen attention to detail with a methodical approach. Accurate, clear and appropriate record keeping skills.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills – able to communicate with a variety of people: pupils, staff, parents etc.

Well organised. Ability to work systematically, to prioritise and to meet deadlines.

Strong IT skills and a willingness to receive ICT training appropriate to the post

Ability to work under pressure

Desirable Criteria

Advanced keyboard skills including Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint

Emotional Awareness

Essential Criteria

Sympathy with the aims of the school as outlined on the school’s website,

A deep commitment to the welfare and care of children, and a commitment to safeguarding principles

Emotional resilience


Essential Criteria

A very high level of energy, enthusiasm and self-motivation

Enhanced DBS check

All members of staff are required to promote and safeguard the welfare of children they are responsible for or come into contact with and to adhere to and ensure compliance with the school’s Child Protection procedures and staff guidance at all times. If, in the course of carrying out the duties of the post, any member of staff becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety and welfare of children in the school s/he must report any concerns to one of the school’s designated Child Protection officers or to the Head.

Terms of Employment


You will work for 34 weeks per year (term time only), plus an additional 3 weeks outside of term time, according to the needs of the School and as directed by the Bursar.

Your normal working hours will be 8.00am to 4.30pm, Fridays plus one other day during the week, with a 30 minute daily unpaid lunch break, totalling a working week of 16 hours.

You will not be required to work during the school holidays except as detailed above, unless otherwise agreed.

There are, occasionally, times when the School Nurse may be asked to work outside the above stated hours, e.g. being available for staff meetings or training after school or for the (very) occasional Saturday morning or weekday evenings for extra-curricular events.


The salary for the role will be (£28,407 – £42,618 FTE) in accordance with Bands 5 or 6 of the NHS Nursing Pay Scale, depending upon qualifications and experience. The role plus holiday pay is 33.49% of FTE, therefore the actual salary will be from £9,515 to £14,272 per annum, based on 16 hours worked per week for 40.9 weeks per year (34 weeks term-time work, 3 weeks non-term-time work and 3.9 weeks paid holiday).

Your Salary will be divided into 12 equal instalments and will be paid monthly by direct credit to a nominated bank account on the 28th day of each month (or the nearest prior working day), with the exception of December, when payment is made on 20th December (or the nearest prior working day).

The salary is reviewed annually and adjusted in September in line with salary awards to the School’s non-teaching staff. The next salary review will be in September 2024.


The annual paid holiday entitlement for this role is 5.6 weeks pro – rata, inclusive of Bank Holidays. The remaining weeks of the year are classified as unpaid leave. Holidays and unpaid leave will be allocated outside of term time as directed. No holiday is to be taken during term time. The annual holiday year runs from 1 September to 31 August. As stated above, payment for annual leave entitlement is included in the stated salary.

Any day or week on which you are not required to work (because of the school holidays) but for which you are not entitled to be paid (because you have taken all of your paid holiday entitlement) will be treated as unpaid leave.

Probationary Period.

The probationary period will be six months.

Pension Scheme.

Non-teaching staff are invited to join the Scottish Widows pension scheme. The minimum pension contribution from an employee is 2% of salary while the School will contribute 6. This is subject to change in accordance with legislation.

Anyone considering joining either of the schemes above is advised to seek independent professional advice before making a decision.

St John’s College School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

All appointments are subject to a criminal background check and proof of qualifications in accordance with the requirements of the Children Act.

Job Types: Part-time, Permanent

Salary: £28,407.00-£42,618.00 per year


  • Company pension
  • Employee discount
  • Free parking
  • Life insurance
  • On-site parking
  • Sick pay


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Cambridge: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)


  • nursing: 1 year (required)


  • Registered Nurse (RN) (preferred)

Work Location: In person

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