Report student absence

If a student is unwell and cannot attend, the absence must be explained by the student’s parent or carer. We ask that all absences are reported between 8am and 9am on the day of the absence with the following information:

  • Name of student
  • Student’s form
  • Reason for absence
  • Expected date of return if known.

We have separate answerphone numbers for students on different sites as follows:

Years 7 to 11
01366 389175  or email attendance@downhammarketacademy.co.uk

Sixth Form
01366 389000  or email sixthform@downhammarketacademy.co.uk

Whilst absences due to routine appointments during the Academy day are discouraged, we appreciate that some medical appointments are unavoidable. If your child is going to arrive late or leave early due to a medical appointment, please notify us in advance and follow this up with a copy of the appointment letter or card.

It is important that all absences are reported so that they can be recorded and authorised. Unsatisfactory attendance will be supported by a Local Authority funded team, who will contact parents and guardians of students with attendance below 90%.