The Education Act 1996 requires parents to ensure their children of compulsory school age receive efficient full-time education.
The law says that parents/carers whose children of compulsory school age are absent from school without good reason are committing an offence.
The Local Education Authority can issue a fixed penalty notice for unauthorised absence.
A fixed penalty notice can be given for a student who has 20 unauthorised absences from school. Persistent lateness will be counted towards unauthorised absences.
If paid within 28 days, the fine is £60. If paid after 28 days, but within 42 days the penalty will be £120. If the penalty is not paid in full by the 43rd day legal action can result.
You need to be aware that, although you may provide a reason for absence, it is the school that decides if the absence is recorded as authorised or unauthorised.
If there are any problems, please contact school immediately.