Bobmore Lane, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 1JE
Telephone - 01628 483 752
Company Registration No.07690054

Absences & Closures, Contact Us

Great Marlow School
Bobmore Lane
Buckinghamshire SL7 1JE
Telephone : 01628 483752
Fax : 01628 475852
  • For general enquiries email:
  • For Sixth Form attendance or absence related queries email:
  • For Years 7-11 attendance or absence related queries email:
  • For invoice or finance related queries email:
  • For any Safeguarding related queries email:
  • For contacting the Chair of Trustees via email:
  • For contacting the Medical Office email:
  • The lead staff member, on the reception desk, who deals with queries from parents, carers and other members of the public is Mrs O’ Donovan. Please be advised that in busy times other front desk staff answer the phone.
  • Ms Fisher is on the front desk from 3.30- Mon-Thurs and 3.30-4.30 on Fridays.
  • The name and contact details of the Special Needs Coordinator (SENCO) is Mrs V Todd: phone 01628 475852
  • A paper copy of information is available on request.   
In the event of your child being ill or unable to attend school for another reason, parents and carers must telephone or email the school before 10am on the day of absence.

On the day a student returns to school after a period away, a signed note by a parent or carer should be handed to the form teacher or reception.

Please ensure the child’s full name, form, date of absence and reasons for absence, is recorded in the letter, in order to help us make sure that our records are correct.

Prolonged absences due to illness must be accompanied by a doctor’s certificate.


In the event of unforeseen circumstances, GMS would like to remind you of the school’s closure procedure.

  • Information will be posted on the school website.
  • Bucks CC will be notified, they will place the information on their website: They will also notify the local radio stations.
  • A voicemail reporting closure will be put on the main school telephone line  01628 483752 after 7am.
  • Those signed up for Groupcall Messenger will receive a message by email and/or text message.
  • Those who have children who travel on a school coach should contact the Passenger Transport Department at Bucks CC on 01296 383740.
  • Should the buses be operating and children dropped in school, they will be directed to the canteen, where staff will supervise.
  • If it is accessed that the school site could be made safe, in health and safety terms, a start time of 10 am will operate. This will be advertised on the website and by Groupcall Messenger.
  • The school will endeavour to operate a canteen service, but this may not be possible, therefore, it is advisable for students to bring food and drink into school during adverse weather conditions.
  • As far as possible, staff will place work for students on MS Teams. For further information please see the Remote Learning Policy. Students are expected to complete the work set.
  • GMS will endeavour to make any decision to close by 7.00am.  The decision is based on the conditions in Marlow together with the very different conditions that may exist in High Wycombe and the outlying villages. Please note that the majority of staff do not live within walking distance of the school and this has to be factored in.
  • If the school is closed you should assume that trips due to go out that day will be cancelled.
  • The default position is always that the school is open unless you are advised otherwise.
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