Durham Sixth Form Centre

Durham Sixth Form Centre

Student FAQ


What should I do if I am absent?

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

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

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


What should I do if I have a known, planned absence?

Always try to arrange such absences out of school hours.

If this is unavoidable:

  • Complete a blue ‘Leave of Absence’ form to request permission in advance.
  • Take this form to your Leader of Learning Pastoral (LLP).
  • You will be informed if this request is granted / denied.
  • Inform your teachers of the absence in advance.
  • Ensure you catch up on work missed.


What should I do if I want to take a holiday during term time?

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

If this is unavoidable:

  • Complete a green ‘Holiday’ form in advance.
  • Take this form to your Leader of Learning Pastoral (LLP).
  • Inform your teachers of the holiday in advance.
  • Ensure you catch up on work missed.


What should I do if I have a driving test / Interview / Open Day?

You need to inform your Leader of Learning of the arrangements before you go, and see the subject teachers whose lessons you will miss. You need to complete a blue ‘Leave of Absence’ form, and hand in to your Leader of Learning Pastoral (LLP) for approval.

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

Inform your Tutor / Pastoral Leader of Learning of the new arrangements, so that records can be updated (e.g. Change of address, contact details etc.)

What should I do if I am having financial difficulties?

You may be eligible for help with travel and equipment needed for your studies (e.g. books, equipment, sports clothing etc.).  See your Pastoral Leader of Learning or Tutor for details.

What should I do if I am thinking of leaving the Centre?

Don’t act until you have spoken to your Leader of Learning Pastoral (LLP).  It may be possible to signpost you to services that can help with planning alternative pathways, or there may be support available to enable you to stay and complete your studies. 

What should I do if I am suffering with stress /anxiety /depression?

See your Leader of Learning Pastoral (LLP) who can refer you to appropriate services.  There is a counsellor available at the Centre who you can talk to.  Alternatively see the Designated Safeguarding Officer, Mr Robinson, who will be able to advise further.

What should I do if I am worried about a friend?

You should tell somebody about your concerns.  See your Pastoral Leader of Learning or Tutor in the first instance.

What should I do if I am struggling in my work?

You should talk to your subject teacher first, or speak to your Pastoral Leader of Learning Pastoral (LLP). Additional support may be available through subject areas or the Durham University Mentoring Scheme.

 

 

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