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 must make sure you have both your customer number and invoice number stated on the front of the FPN. Online payments can only be for the full amount of £120.
If you wish to take advantage of paying within the first 21 days call the payment line below. Alternative methods of payment are outlined on the FPN.
- Pay online (full amount only)
- Payment line: 01243 777505
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).