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All children of compulsory school age (5 – 16 years) must
receive a full-time education by law.
Children must get an education between the school term after
their 5th birthday and the last Friday in June in the school year
they turn 16.
Parents or carers are responsible for
making sure this happens, either by registering the child at a
school and making sure they attend or by providing other
appropriate education such as home schooling.
If your child does not attend school regularly, you could be
fined or even have to attend court.
If they have a good reason to be absent, such as sickness,
contact the school on the first day and write a letter of
explanation for their return.
FAQs or visit
GOV.UK for more about school attendance.
Pay an Education Penalty Notice
You may be issued with an Education Penalty Notice if:
- You take your child on holiday for five days or more during
term-time, which has not been approved by the school
- Your child has incurred unauthorised absences during a school
term due to non-school attendance
- If your child has been excluded from school and you fail to
ensure they are not in a public place during the first 5 days of
Each parent may receive a separate penalty notice for each child
taken out of school or failing to attend.
You need to pay the fine within 28 days of it being issued. If
you don’t you could be taken to court, fined up to £1,000 and will
get a criminal record. Payments can be made at Kingsley House, Gillingham.
Pay early. Pay
If you're paying the fine in the first 21
days of getting it, pay £60. Otherwise, pay £120.