Attendance and truancy

We have the right to issue parents with a fine ('fixed penalty notice') if your child does not attend school:

  • compulsory education ends on the last Friday in June, in Year 11
  • until this date all children must attend school
  • parents have a legal responsibility to 'facilitate and ensure' their child's attendance

Absence due to illness

Absences due to illness should be reported to schools on the first day of absence. If your child is missing school, or has an issue that affects their attendance, you should contact the school to resolve any issues or difficulties.

Authorised absences

Try to make routine appointments during school holidays or after school hours. You should contact the school about 'authorised absence' if your child needs to attend a medical or dental appointment during school time.

If you need to take your child out of school for any other reason, you must discuss this with the school as soon as possible, and request authorisation in advance, from the head teacher.

Further information

You may also find useful information and help through:

Also see

Comment on this page
Feedback
Back to the top of the page