Children must attend school regularly and on time during term time.
Your child can only miss school if:
- they are too ill to go to school
- the school has authorised the absence.
4 Fixed Penalty Notices
Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) are issued per parent, per child and are an alternative to prosecution, giving you an opportunity to discharge your criminal liability by paying a fine of £120, which must be paid within 28 days.
They are generally issued where there have been at least 10 sessions of unauthorised absence from school within a recorded 10 school week period. However, there are some occasions where they are issued outside of these criteria.
Should the period of absence for a holiday in term time be 15 school days or more, a FPN may not be deemed suitable. Instead the matter may be brought directly before the court.
After 28 days we will consider prosecuting for the original non-attendance, not for the non-payment of the FPN, however if you pay within 21 days we will reduce the fine to £60.
Paying a Fixed Penalty Notice
You can pay online using the reference number stated on the FPN. A unique reference number for each child will be provided.Pay online (external link)
You will need to select 'Fixed Penalty Notice - School attendance fine'.
If you pay the fine within 21 days it is reduced by 50% to £60. Once over the 21 days the fine must be paid in full. Both these amounts can be selected on the payment form. If you are over the 21 days and only pay £60 we will contact you to request the outstanding amount.
Alternative methods of payment are outlined on the FPN.
Further information on legal action that can be taken can be found on GOV.UK.
5 Holidays in term time
Headteachers have been directed by the Government not to authorise any absence from school unless there is an ‘exceptional' circumstance.
You must get permission from the headteacher if you want to take your child out of school for a holiday in term time.
It’s up to the headteacher on how many days your child can be away from school if it is granted.
6 Contact us
General questions around school attendance, including the use of penalties, can be answered by Pupil Entitlement Investigation (PEI).