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Reporting an Absence and Planned Absence

Parents/carers are legally obliged to make sure their child attends school regularly.  Students should aim for 100% attendance.  The average school attendance at Denmark Road High School is over 97%, and anything below 95% is a cause for concern.


How can parents/carers help?

  • Please do not request to take your child out of school for a holiday. A leave of absence can only be granted by the Headteacher in exceptional circumstances.
  • Use the School Gateway App or text the school's absence line +441452260176 and write a message before 8.30am if your child will be absent or late. Please ensure that you provide details of what symptoms they have or why they are late and their anticipated arrival time in school
  • Please do not make non-urgent medical/dental appointments during the school day.  If you have an urgent appointment please use the School Gateway App or text number to inform us. 
  • If you have any queries about attendance please contact our Attendance Office by messaging through School Gateway or emailing
  • Please contact a member of the Wellbeing Centre Team (Mrs Whaley and Mr Brown Years 7-11) or Mrs Harvey or Miss Dimery (Sixth Form Student Support) as a matter of urgency, if you have any ongoing concerns that may affect your child’s attendance at school e.g. friendships issues or feeling anxious


Reporting Absence Contact Details

Please use the details below to contact the school:

Via School Gateway                    School Gateway Login

Absence line text service          +441452260176                  

Absence e-mail address


If you require an extended leave of absence because of an exceptional circumstance, please complete the form 'extended leave of absence request'. This form must be returned to school, no later than 10 days before the proposed leave, excluding holiday times, to the following email address: