Your School Health Nurse

Sarah Elsley School Nurse smMy name is Sarah Elsley and I am the School Health Nurse for Banbury Academy and the Space Studio.

Secondary schools within Oxfordshire have a named NHS School Health Nurse.  The aim of the School Nurse is to offer evidence based, accessible, preventative health care for children and young people. 

I work closely with other professionals and school staff to support students to be both physically and emotionally healthy, make informed healthy lifestyle choices, improve physical and emotional health, and to reach their full potential.

I work Monday-Friday from 09.00-4.00 during term time and am located in the Capella.  Sometimes I may be working off school site, if I am not on site you can contact me using the telephone number and e-mail address below. My weekly timetable is on the door of the School Health room and available from college administrators.

I hold regular ‘drop in’ school nursing sessions at lunch times where no appointment is needed.

To make an appointment you can contact me using the details below:

My contact telephone number is:

07824461634 (text or call)

My e-mail address is:

If you need to contact the school nursing team during the school holidays, you can call: Orchard Health Centre School Nursing Team on: 01865904234

The school nursing service is not an emergency service. If you or a friend are in need of immediate nursing or medical help, please contact a member of staff on site who will locate a member of staff trained in first aid. If you are off site in the case of an emergency, please call 999.

If you are in need of emergency contraception outside of the school nurses working hours, please attend your GP practice, local sexual health clinic or local pharmacy as soon as you can. Emergency contraception is most effective if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

Examples of what your School Health Nurse can offer include:

  • Someone to talk to confidentially about your health, including your physical health, emotional health, sexual health and general wellbeing or any other health related topics you might like advice, information or support with.
  • Immunisations
  • Advice and support about healthy choices (eg keeping safe, drugs, alcohol, quitting smoking, exercise, maintaining healthy growth/weight, dental health)
  • Emergency contraception, pregnancy testing and chlamydia screening.
  • Provide teaching sessions and support teachers with delivery of PSHE.
  • Provide information and signpost to specialist services which may be able to support you.

If we cannot help, we will find someone who can.


The School Nursing service is confidential.  This means you can discuss personal information with us and we will not discuss it with anyone else without your permission, unless we feel that you or another may be at risk of harm. If information needs to be shared we will always try to discuss this with you first so that you know why, and what will happen.


New students to year 7: School Nurse Introduction letter, health questionnaire and offer of appointment.

School leavers in year 11 and 13: School Nurse appointment offer letter.

Request for school to administer medication letter and form

In this section you can find the information booklet explaining each immunisation administered to young people and answer to frequently asked questions, and copies of each of the consent forms which you can print off and complete ready for your immunisation session if you cannot find the copy given to you to  take home.

Immunisations for young people: Your questions answered

Year 8 Girls Human Papiloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination
Information Leaflet
Consent Form

Year 9 Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio, Meningitis ACWY and catch up MMR
Consent form

Year 11 Meningitis ACWY
Consent form