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Brockhurst and Marlston House School
Independent Schools Inspectorate rated excellent in all categories Independent Schools Inspectorate The Good Schools Guide

Brockhurst and Marlston House health notes


If your son or daughter is ill, please allow 36 – 48 hours after the last of any symptoms of sickness, diarrhoea, contagious conditions or high temperature before allowing them to return to school. If you are unsure contact me d.oakley@brockmarl.org or 01635 200293 Ext 225 

If your son or daughter appears unwell at the start of the day please keep them at home but do not hesitate to bring them in later if they are clearly fine. 

If your son or daughter becomes unwell during the school day a member of staff or I will call you. 

In the event of an emergency, treatment and care of the pupil will be our priority and a member of staff will call you as soon as possible. 


If your son or daughter is going to be absent from school for any reason, please email me so that we are able to fill in the register correctly. 

d.oakley@brockmarl.org or 01635 200293 Ext 225 

Off Games 

Please remember that a note or an email, stating the reason, is required from parents whose son or daughter needs to be off games. However, children frequently fell better as the day goes by and ‘games’ might well be beneficial rather than otherwise. If you wish to leave me to discuss with your son or daughter whether they feel sufficiently ‘better’ just before games, then please say so in the note. 


Please be aware that the ‘dreaded’ nits rear their ugly head very regularly! Some parents use a ‘Nitty Gritty’ comb everyday and this is working for their children. www.nittygritty.co.uk is highly recommended. I quote (from their website) 

“The Nitty Gritty mums will always offer you either a full refund of your purchase price or a brand new replacement – your choice, of course – if you are ever, at any time, less than delighted with the way your Nitty Gritty product performs” 


These must be proper sports trainers, not fashion or canvas shoes. The pupils will not be allowed to play games wearing incorrect footwear. 


Girls must wear black shoes that give support i.e. with laces or a proper bar strap. 

‘Pumps with a token strap or ballet-type shoes’ are not allowed for everyday use, though boarders may wear them during the evenings. 

There is good evidence that the wearing of shoes providing little or no support may cause damage to a child’s future posture. 

Daily uniform

Please check your children’s uniform. For instance, many girls and boys have large holes in their elbows and they look very scruffy! Please could they be repaired or a new jumper purchased? Boarders should have enough clothes with them to have fresh clothes each day. Their dirty clothes can easily be washed at school if parents would prefer. Please name all clothing and shoes – including home clothes, socks and underwear 


Every pupil should have a named towel for their games locker (for showers and swimming) and another named towel if they are boarding. 

Sports clothes and shoes/boots

All children must be equipped every day with the correct sports clothing, correct footwear and full swimming kit as shown in the uniform lists (available from the website under Forms for Parents). Even pupils who are off games sometimes need to change into games kit – for photos etc. 

Mouth guards


These will be fitted for every pupil from Form 6 and upwards by Mr Alberts, who is a qualified dentist, at the end of the summer term. Pupils should take their old one with them (please ensure the mouth guard is at school or that it has been given to Mrs Alberts) and if it still fits correctly they will not need to have a new one fitted. 


These will be fitted for every boy from Form 6 and upwards by Mr Alberts at the beginning of the autumn term. Pupils should take their old one with them (please ensure the mouth guard is at school) and if it still fits correctly they will not need to have a new one fitted. 


Some girls start their periods in Form 3 or earlier and some will not have started before they leave at 13. The schools’ biology lessons deal with the changes during puberty in a way appropriate to the age of the pupil and my role in these lessons is to have a fairly informal but structured talk with the girls during each of their senior years (in Forms 3, 2 and 1) and, most importantly, to answer their questions. Surgery is, of course, suitably stocked to provide practical assistance if necessary and to offer help and support. 

Dannie Oakley

d.oakley@brockmarl.org 01635 200293 Ext 225

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Berkshire RG18 9UL

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