Birkbeck Primary School

Sun Safety

 It is important that parents, staff and pupils work together to ensure that we can all enjoy the sun safely over the summer months.  The sun’s rays are particularly strong over the summer and they can damage children’s skin. Dehydration and over-exposure to sunlight can cause huge health worries which we would like to avoid.  Your child’s health and wellbeing are very important to us and Sun Safety is something that we take seriously at Hillcross. 

As a school we regularly talk to children about the importance of being safe in the sun during lessons and assemblies as appropriate.  We would like to provide more shade for the children in the playground and will be including shade sails/structures in our next playground development plans.

Your support is very important.  You can help by:

  • Talking to your child about the importance of sun protection at home.
  • Sending your child into school with a named sunhat.  Children who do not have a sun hat on very sunny days will be asked to stay in the shade.
  • Applying a high factor sun cream (at least SPF 15) to your child before sending them to school.  We recommend you use an ‘all day’ variety as staff are unable to reapply sun cream to children during the school day.  However, if your child needs to reapply and is able to do so themselves they can bring in clearly labelled sun cream to reapply themselves at the beginning of lunchtime.
  • Ensuring your child brings a large water bottle to school and encourage them to drink plenty of water – we will remind them too!
  • Volunteering to help raise money for a new playground shade canopy.

Together I hope we can have a very happy and safe term to come!


Why is sun protection important for children and young people?

The number of cases of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer is rising at an alarming rate.  The good news is that the majority of these cases could be prevented.  Most skin cancers are caused by too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.  If we protect ourselves from overexposure to the sun then we can reduce our risk. This is particularly important for children and young people whose skin is more delicate and easily damaged.

What about vitamin D?

We all need some sun to make enough vitamin D.  Enjoying the sun safely, while taking care not to burn, should help most people get a good balance without raising the risk of skin cancer. For more information on vitamin D, visit the SunSmart website:

Sun Safety Information