Research commissioned by the Department for Education shows missing school for even a day can mean a child is less likely to reach their potential and achieve good grades, which in turn can have a detrimental effect on their future life chances. At Swanton Morley VC Primary School our aim is to work with parents to ensure that all our pupils get the most they can from their education, attain the highest standards possible and reach their full potential.
Attendance at school and legal intervention
Attendance law requires that all parents/carers ensure that their child/children attend school regularly. The Government is also very clear when it states that: “no child should miss school apart from in exceptional circumstances and schools must continue to take steps to reduce absence to support children’s attainment.”
The Local Authority operates a system where any pupil will meet the criteria for legal intervention where they have:
- 85% attendance or less, with at least 15% unauthorised absence over a 6 week period; or,
- Below 90% attendance within a 12 week period where some or all of the absences are due to unauthorised term time holiday absence
The intervention could be in the form of a Fixed Penalty Notice. Any pupil at Swanton Morley VC Primary School who meets either of the criteria, will be referred to the Local Authority for action to be considered.
If a Fixed Penalty Notice is issued it is a fine of £60 per parent per child which must be paid in one payment in 21 days. If unpaid, a further invoice for £60 per parent per child is issued; both individual invoices would then have to be paid making a total payment of £120 in 28 days. You should be aware that failure to pay the total amount within the timescale will result in legal action being taken.
I hope we can count on your support in this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.