We believe that excellent attendance will lead to the best possible achievement for our pupils. Our attendance policy sets clear guidelines on the two categories of absence, namely authorised and unauthorised. Authorised absence is approved by the Head Teacher and includes time away from school with an appropriate reason for absence such as illness.

Unauthorised absence occurs when a parent/carer gives an invalid reason or no reason at all for the child’s non-attendance. All non-authorised absences are recorded on your child’s report and therefore reasons for absences are vital.

Contact the office If your child is unable to attend school please notify the school office by telephone before 9.30am on the first morning of absence.

Collection If your child has to leave school during the day we must, for safety reasons, have a request from you and he or she must be collected. Children will never be allowed to leave the premises by themselves during school hours. If they are collected during the day you will be asked to sign them out at the office.

Holidays in term time

Holidays will not be authorised during term time. Absence for holidays will be recorded as unauthorised and you may be issued with a penalty notice.

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St Malachy's RC Primary School, Eggington Street, Manchester M40 7RG

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