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Fixed Penalty Notice letter - June 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am writing to further bring to your attention that we share the government’s determination to raise the levels of pupil attendance at school because we want to give the best future opportunities to all of our children.

As I am sure many of you are aware, current government legislation does not give any entitlement to parents to take children out of school during term time. In addition, parents can be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice by the Local Authority for their child’s non-attendance.

A Fixed Penalty Notice will be considered by the Local Authority when 10 sessions (1 session equates to a morning or an afternoon) or more are missed and unauthorised within a 5 week period. In this instance, a warning letter will be issued from the Local Authority informing parents that their child must not have any further unauthorised absences within a set timescale of 20 school days. If unauthorised absence does occur within the set timescale then a Fixed Penalty Notice of £60 will be issued to each parent of each child by the Local Authority. Each Fixed Penalty Notice will be £60 if it is paid within 21 days. Fixed Penalty Notices will increase to £120 if paid after 21 days but within 28 days. Failure to pay could result in the Local Authority starting legal proceedings.

An unauthorised absence is an absence not permitted by law and some examples of reasons frequently given for non-attendance that cannot be authorised include parental illness, alleged bullying, going shopping or visiting family.

Medical evidence may be requested by school if children persistently have time off due to illness and if this is not provided then the absence may be unauthorised.

Please note school regularly monitor pupils’ attendance and we are required to notify the Local Authority of any pupil having 10 sessions or more unauthorised absence in any five-week period.

All research shows that children who attend school regularly achieve more. Therefore, good attendance at school is vital for your child’s future.

If you are experiencing any difficulties with your child’s attendance please do not hesitate

to speak directly to your child’s classteacher, to Mrs Morris or Mrs Hagyard (Learning Mentors), or to myself. We will be more than happy to support you.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Hart

Deputy Headteacher