Parents and Carers

We pride ourselves on the outstanding relationships that we have in school, our strong home, school partnerships being an important part of that.  We both want the same thing: the very best for your son or daughter. 

Our promise is that we will work hard and do all that we can to ensure that your child achieves their academic potential and is given the outstanding support and guidance that will equip them well for the next stage of their education, training or employment.

We have high aspirations for each student and high expectations of each student.


At Dowdales we understand the importance of communication. We use various methods to communicate with parents and carers including letters, text messages, emails, our website, twitter and facebook.

Our text messaging service provides you with an easy way to communicate with us. If your child will be absent from school you can text the 'Absence' number before 9.30am or if you would like to report an incident you can text the 'Text for Help' number.


If your child is absent you can text the school on 07624 880273 or call 01229 469800 before 9.30am on each day of absence.

Application for Absence

It is a legal requirement for parents/carers to obtain the permission of the Headteacher before removing their child from school in order to take a holiday during term time.  Parents/carers may be issued with a Penalty Notice if they do so without prior arrangement with the Headteacher. Parents/carers wishing to apply for their child to be granted leave from school should complete the Application for Absence from School form. Please click here to download the form.

Your Contact Details

It is important that we hold up-to-date contact details for your child. If you change any of the following details please let us know of any changes as soon as possible by calling us on 01229 469800 or filling in the form below..

  • Mobile Telephone Number
  • Home/Work Telephone Number
  • Address
  • Email Address


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