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School attendance and penalty notices

Attendance at school is vital for a child to be able to learn, develop and achieve.

As a parent or carer of a child of school age, you must send your child to school on time every day with the correct uniform and equipment, unless you choose to edcuate them yourself.

Children must receive an education between the school term after their fifth birthday and the last Friday in June the year they turn 16.

If your child is abscent, then either the school your child is enroled to or the council’s education welfare officer will contact you. If a parent fails to ensure the regular school attendance of their child at a school or other educational provision made for them, then the parent may be guilty of an offence under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996.

Where a child has not attended school regularly, the school has the option to request a fixed penalty notice from the Local Authority.


If your child needs time off school, you must contact the school as soon as possible and before the absence where possible. If you are worried about your child’s attendance you must always contact your school to discuss this in the first instance. For other abscences, you must receive permission from the school first.

It’s up to the head teacher how many days your child can be away if leave is granted.

A fine, called a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) may be issued:

  • when a pupil has unauthorised absence, this can include being persistently late to school,
  • when holidays are taken during term time
  • for being in a public place during school hours when excluded from the school

The penalty is:

  • £60 if paid within 21 days
  • £120 if paid between 21 and 28 days

A Fixed Penalty Notice will be issued per parent, per child (for example, if there are 2 parents and 2 children, this will be a total of 4 Penalty Notices).

How to pay your fine

You can pay a fine by bank transfer,cash, cheque or postal order. You may also pay in installments over 3 months. Information on how to pay the fine can be found on the fixed penalty notice, and you can contact 01522 554682 to pay.

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