School attendance

Attendance based penalty notice

The council cannot overturn a Head Teacher’s decision to unauthorise a pupil’s absence from school during term time.

If a parent believes that the reason for their child’s unauthorised leave of absence from school in term time was not properly understood and that it should have been considered as exceptional by the Headteacher then the parent needs to have that discussion directly with the school.

Penalty Notice fines can only be withdrawn in specific circumstances as set out within the national regulations and local Code of Conduct - School Attendance Guidance September 2021.

If both parents/guardians have received a penalty notice then both are expected to pay the penalties. You can pay separately or together.

Penalty notices are issued per parent per child, so if there are two children and two parents/guardians, you are liable to pay for a total of 4 penalty notices.