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Department of Education Support Materials

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The Department of Education has launched a new website aimed at parents providing materials and advice about supporting your child in school.

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Information for Parents

Reading Programme

In this section you will find information that will help you support your child to settle in to Rathfriland High, to achieve success and also enjoy and participate in school life. 

The following issues are covered:

Homework Timetables for pupils in Years 8, 9 and 10

GCSE Exam Timetables for pupils in Years 11 and 12

Uniform for school and PE for both boys and girls

Essential Equipment for everyday in the classroom

Illness and Medicines


Emergency School Closures



In exceptional circumstances, such as adverse weather/heating problems, the school may need to close.  At all times the safety of every child is our key concern and the following information is provided to help achieve this.


The school will endeavour to reschedule buses to return relevant pupils as early as possible.  Pupils will be supervised in school until then.  Pupils living in the town will be allowed to walk home.  Pupils with family/friends in the town will be allowed out provided there is someone at the address to let them in.

Other pupils will be allowed to phone their parents/guardians to make any special arrangements.


In the event of, for instance, heavy snow before normal opening time, the school will make every effort to inform parents about any closure through the text messaging service, the school answer machine. radio and TV broadcasts and on the Rathfriland High School Website.

Additionally, if buses fail to make their school run it is unlikely that normal school can operate.  Furthermore, Translink have indicated that if they do not convey your child to school on a particular day, they are not obliged to provide transport for the homeward journey.  If buses are unavailable parents must think carefully before driving their child to school particularly if the school subsequently closes and their child needs to be collected.  In such circumstances parents are solely responsible for transporting their children home.  In severe weather the safety of the child may be compromised if they have no way home.