St Malachy's Catholic Primary School, A Voluntary Academy

Our mission at St Malachy's is to provide an enriching, high quality education, where we learn, love and grow with Christ at the centre, so that each individual feels nurtured and can achieve their full potential.

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Parents and carers have a legal duty to ensure that their children of compulsory school age receive a suitable  full-time education. It is also vital that they encourage their child's regular and punctual attendance at school. If a child is registered at a school then it is vital that they attend on a regular basis

Parental Responsibility

It is important that everyone works together to help children obtain the best possible start in life with a good education.  Parents should work in partnership with the school, notifying the school of the reason for any of their child’s absences and highlighting any areas of concern they may have so they can be addressed promptly. 

Support for Parents

The Department in conjunction with EWS have produced a leaflet called - Attendance Matters - A Parent's Guide.  This leaflet has been issued to all Primary and Post-Primary Schools to be distributed to all Pupils.  Schools can print additional copies as required. 

 School Attendance Matters - A Parent's Guide

Education Welfare Service

Every school has a link Education and Welfare Officer (EWO). Their aim is to reduce unnecessary absences from school by offering support and help to pupils, parents and schools.  A school must make a referral to Education Welfare Service when a pupils' attendance is a cause for concern or when attendance drops below 85%.

The EWO can suggest things that parents can do to help improve matters, can offer to go to the school with parents to talk to the staff about any problems and what needs done or can attend the school on their behalf to try and find answers to their child's problems.  The EWO can put parents in touch with other agencies that may be able to offer further advice and help.  If the problem is of a practical nature, the EWO can also offer advice about free school meals, uniform grants and transport to school.

Further information & Advice can be found on the following link:


Please note that school will only Authorise Holiday’s in Term Time for ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ which must be supported by a covering letter. Any absence for a holiday which does not meet the Regulations or Discretionary Criteria will be marked as an unauthorised absence. If your child has absence marked as unauthorised, you may be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice for this period. It should be noted that BOTH parents would be at risk of a Fixed Penalty Notice for each child within the family who have a period of unauthorised absence from school.  On receipt of a Penalty Notice, a parent will be required to pay the sum of £60 per parent, per child. This should be paid within 28 days. The Penalty will increase to £120, if paid after 28 but within 42 days. Non payment of the Penalty will lead to prosecution under Section 444A Education Act 1996.

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Absence Form