If you are not coming into College, you need to report your absence through a South Devon College Absence Line before 9.00am using the numbers in the table below.

However, if you are reporting absence relating to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) case, or suspected case, or would like to make a general enquiry linked to Coronavirus (COVID-19) then please call: 08000 38 33 00 or 01803 540 341 (from a mobile).

South Devon High School 01803 540332
Sport and Adventure, Catering and Tourism, A Levels, English and Maths, Animal and Landbased 01803 540777
Health and Care, Beauty, Music, Hairdressing, Performing Arts, Teacher Training 01803 540343
Access, Public Services, Construction and Building Services, Social Science, Childcare and Youthwork, C2C, Supported Learning Opportunities 01803 540880
Automotive, Engineering, Marine, Digital Media, Computing, Art and Design, Business, Law and Professional 01803 540718

You will need the following details to hand:

Date of birth
Student number
Personal tutor’s name
Reason for absence

If the line is busy you will be asked to leave your details on the answering machine. You will be given instructions for what information is required. All messages are logged, provided your information is full and clear.

Once we know who you are, we will send your details through to your Tutor.

If you claim weekly guaranteed Bursary payments we will ensure your reason for absence is taken into consideration when agreeing payments.  In order to guarantee your payment, all absences should be reported to the absence line.

If you need to report a lateness or you need to leave college early, please inform one of our advisors at Level 1 or Level 3 Reception, who will log this on the system for you.  Please do not phone the absence line to report lateness.

Please Note

Absence letters are sent home to the parents and guardians of all full time learners between 16 and 18 on the day after an absence is recorded. These letters outline the time and date of the lesson(s) missed and indicate whether a phone call was received by the Absence Line for this period. Therefore letters are sent regardless of whether we have been notified to ensure parents and guardians are informed of every absence.


If you are reporting absence for South Devon High School any absence, sickness or otherwise, must be reported by your parent/guardian by 9.00am on the day you are absent. Written evidence may be requested.

Absence line: 01803 540332

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