Quick Links

Quick Links

The Crossways Schools

Administering Medicine



The vast majority of antibiotics do not need to be taken in school as they can be taken before and after school and again at bedtime.

Pupils should take medication at home where possible.
Where 4 doses are required the parent/carer may either come into school to administer the dose or appoint a representative to do so, or may ask a school volunteer to give their child their medication.

For the volunteer to give the medication we must have a signed Administration of Medicines form from the parent/carer. 

Request to administer medicine form

Anti-biotics which are required to be taken 4 times a day can be given at the following time slots: 

  • End of morning break time - 11:00am, 
  • End of afternoon break time - 2:30pm.

In addition, the child must have had the medication before or taken the medication for 48 hours to ensure that the child does not have an allergy reaction to the medication before the volunteer takes over administration during the day.

It is the parent/carers responsibility to deliver and collection medication between office hours (8:30am and 3.45pm).  If after that time medication will have to remain in school until the next working day.  

Antibiotics must be brought into school with the original pharmacy box with the dispensing label and Patient Information Leaflet (PIL), as we do require evidence that your child has been prescribed this medicine. 

A Healthcare plan is not required for antibiotics for acute conditions (i.e., a short-lived illness that a child will recover from quickly e.g., tonsillitis, chest infection).  However if antibiotics are required because of a chronic condition (e.g., eczema, low immunity issues) we will require a Healthcare plan to be in place.  


Where antibiotics have been prescribed for an infectious illness (e.g. Scarlet fever).  The Public Health guidance on incubation periods must be adhered to before the child is permitted to return to school. 
Please also note that children on antibiotics should not return to school if they have a fever.