Durham Sixth Form Centre

Durham Sixth Form Centre

Parent FAQ


What should I do if my son/daughter is absent:

Contact us by phone on 0191 3830708 on the morning of their absence or by email at absence@durhamsixthformcentre.org.uk

If your son/daughter forgets to contact us, they must complete a yellow ‘Absence Declaration form’ on their return & hand this to the Attendance Officer or their Pastoral Leader of Learning (LLP).

If their absence is for more than 5 days, they must also bring in a parental note.


What should I do if my son/daughter has a planned absence?

Students are encouraged to always try to arrange such absences out of school hours.

If this is unavoidable:

  • Students must complete a blue ‘Leave of Absence’ form to request permission in advance.
  • Take this form to their Leader of Learning Pastoral (LLP).
  • They will be informed if this request is granted /denied.
  • They must inform their teachers of the absence in advance and ensure they catch up missed work.

What should I do if I want to take my son/daughter on holiday during term time?

We strongly advise you against taking your son/daughter on holidays during term time and we will not authorise absence for such holidays.

If this is unavoidable:

  • Students must complete a green ‘Holiday’ form in advance.
  • Take this form to their Leader of Learning Pastoral (LLP).
  • Inform their teachers of the holiday in advance and ensure you catch up on work missed.

What should I do if there is a change in family circumstances?

Contact your son/daughter’s Pastoral Leader of Learning or Main Reception to inform us of the new arrangements, so that records can be updated (e.g. Change of address, contact details etc.)

What should I do if there are financial difficulties in the family?

Your son/daughter may be eligible for help with travel and equipment needed for their studies (e.g. books, equipment, sports clothing etc.).  Contact your son/daughter’s Pastoral Leader of Learning or our Student Finance Officer, Christine Simpson on 0191 3830708.

What should I do if my son/daughter is suffering with stress / anxiety / depression?

Contact your son/daughter’s Pastoral Leader of Learning (LLP) who can refer your son/daughter to appropriate services.  There is a counsellor available at the Centre who they can talk to.  Alternatively, contact our Designated Safeguarding Officer, Mr Robinson, who will be able to advise further.

What should I do if I wish to discuss my son / daughter’s academic progress?

In the first instance, please contact you son/daughter’s Pastoral Leader of Learning who will liaise with Subject Teachers in order to update you your son/daughter’s progress. We do send out regular reports with information about how your son/daughter is doing and we have routine Subject Consultation Evenings throughout the year, where you can discuss this with your son/daughter’s teachers.

What should I do if I have a query or complaint?

We take all complaints very seriously. In order to deal with this effectively, please contact your son/daughter’s Pastoral Leader of Learning in the first instance.

Key staff contacts can be found here.

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