School nurse

Good health has a positive impact on a child or young person's enjoyment both at school and home. Ill health can often be a barrier to learning. School nurses can act as an effective bridge between education, health services and social care, supporting work on health issues in school and making health service more accessible to pupils, parents, carersand school staff. Working together we can contribute to the outcomes for children and young people and support them to;

  • Be healthy
  • Stay safe
  • Enjoy and achieve
  • Make a positive contribution
  • Achieve economic well-being

School nurses also work in partnership with Rye College and other external agencies to ensure the service is accessible to all.

The School Nursing service includes drop-ins, access to basic sexual health services, smoking cessation and support with long-term health conditions, amongst other things. The service is available to pupils, parents and staff.

The East Sussex School Health Service runs a weekly drop in service at Rye College on a Monday, when young people can speak in confidence to a registered nurse on any aspect of health with no appointment necessary.

Other useful information can be found at


Text Your School Nurse

Need to speak to someone now? Contact your school nurse by text using our confidential text messaging service for parents and carers of children of ages 5 to 19 years and also young people aged between 11 to 19 years. Text to 07507 332 473

East Sussex School Health Service

Referring to the East Sussex School Health Service is easy:

0300 123 4062  – School Health One Point (SHOP)
Online referral form (includes Ready Steady Go referral)

They are available from 8.30am until 5pm, Monday to Friday, including school holidays.

 Find them on Facebook – /ESSchoolHealth

i-Rock Drop-in For Young People

If you’re aged 14-25 and live in East Sussex then i-Rock is here to help you. 

i-Rock can offer you advice and support on emotional and mental wellbeing, jobs, education and housing. 

There are lots of different people at i-Rock and they have a wide range of knowledge and information. So whether you want to talk about how you’re feeling or get advice on things like housing and continuing your education, someone will be able to help.  

Click here to find out moreL Service - i-Rock drop-in for young people | Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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