If your child does not attend school regularly (over 90%) the Local Authority can take action against you. This can be through a Fixed Penalty Notice (fine) or a summons to appear at Magistrates Court.
A Penalty Notice fine can be issued for two reasons:
- If a holiday is taken during term time without the permission of the Head Teacher
- If a pupil has unauthorised absence from school and their parent/carer fails to co-operate with school staff and/or other professionals to improve the situation
What are the fines?
£120 per parent/carer reduced to £60 if paid within 21 days. If the £120 is not paid within 28 days a summons can be issued to appear in Magistrates’ Court. The Local Authority can decide whether to issue a summons to Magistrates’ Court instead of a Penalty Notice fine.
There are 190 days in a school year which leaves 175 days to spend on family time, shopping, appointments and other things.
Our weekly Friday whole school assembly acts as a focal point for attendance across the school. Attendance is presented each week by Mrs Taylor and 2 volunteers who have had a week of good attendance.