The role of the school healthcare team is to help young people recognise their own individual and unique physical and mental development as they grow from a girl to a woman and from a boy to a man.

The school nurse and doctor can provide information on

  • respecting your own body and the bodies of other people
  • increasing your self-confidence
  • protecting yourself from violence and abuse
  • your sexual rights
  • your sexuality
  • sex
  • sexual health
  • sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • contraception.


If you would like to discuss contraception, please contact your student health service nurse. At the appointment, we will first go through a questionnaire with you. If you have no underlying medical conditions and you are basically healthy, the nurse can prescribe you with the combination pill, mini pill or vaginal ring. If these methods are unsuitable for you, the nurse will refer you to a at your local health centre.

If your usual method of contraception has failed, i.e. the condom has broken, for example, you should obtain emergency contraception. Emergency contraception, also known as the morning after pill, is available from pharmacies without a prescription. If you are under 15, you can obtain a prescription from your own health centre.

Sexually transmitted disease (STIs)

If you think that you may have contracted a sexually transmitted disease, please contact your student health nurse.

Further information on sexually transmitted diseases and testing on > Sexually transmitted disease(external link)