We have a duty to ensure you carry out your legal responsibility of making sure your child attends school. The Missing Education and Child Employment Service investigate issues around lack of attendance and may visit a pupil’s home if they are absent from school without authorisation.
If unauthorised absences continue, you may be issued with a £60 penalty notice, per parent/carer, per child. Failure to pay will lead to prosecution with maximum penalties of up to £2,500 or a custodial sentence.
Penalty notice fines for missing school
Reasons for issuing a fine
Penalty notices can be issued by the Missing Education and Child Employment Service in
- Truancy/unauthorised absence
- Pupil identified during a school attendance and exclusion sweep
- Holidays in term time without permission
- Excluded pupils found in a public place during the first five days of exclusion without a justifiable reason
Cost of fines
- A £60 penalty notice fine may be issued to each parent or carer for each child, to be paid within 21 days
- If this is not paid within the 21-day period, it will increase to £120
- If this is not paid within 28 days, you will be prosecuted in the magistrates’ court for failing to ensure your child attends school regularly
Pay your fine
Please note: We will never contact you by telephone asking for payment without first sending you a penalty notice by post.
If you receive a telephone call requesting a fee payment without first being notified in the post, do not pay it. Contact the Missing Education and Child Employment Services on 03330 139844.
Alternatively, report the incident to the Counter Fraud Team on 01245 431146.
GOV.UK has information on other legal options that can be taken with regard to school absence, including:
- a Parenting Order
- an Education Supervision Order
- a School Attendance Order