Autumn activities coming up include Primary Harvest Festival on 2 Oct, Post 16 Open Evening on 9 Oct and National Deaf Children's Cross Country competition on 16 Oct 

Health Centre

A qualified Nurse is based in the school and is available during the school day.

The role of the Nurse includes caring for pupils who are unwell, all aspects of medication administration and training, liaison with the immunisation team for school vaccinations, organising and/or delivering training on medical conditions, recording height and weight,  and liaising with other Health Care Professionals. 

There is a holistic approach to children’s health needs and the planning of children's care is done in consultation with parents, carers,  nurse,  school staff, residential staff (where applicable), other health professionals.

For residential pupils with health issues who are registered with Friar Gate Surgery, the School Nurse can organise for the GP to visit school or can take students  to the surgery for appointments and immunisations including annual flu vaccinations.

There are strong links with National Deaf CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and the nurse attends monthly meetings.

There are annual visits by the school dentist and the national childhood measurement programme.  Prior to these visits parents and carers receive a letter and consent form to be completed and returned to school. 


Verna Shipley

I qualified as a General Nurse in 1992 and as a Registered Children’s Nurse in 1996. Since then I have worked at Derbyshire Children’s Hospital in a variety of areas including medical and surgical wards, Accident and Emergency, Intensive care and the Outpatients Department.

I have BSL3.

Lorna Bradley

I qualified as a nurse in 2008. I worked in medical admissions as a new qualified nurse, then working as a nurse with the school health team in Nottinghamshire, before coming to the Royal School for the Deaf.

I have BSL3.