School attendance

Use this guide to find information on school attendance, truancy, and Penalty Notices.

Your child should attend school every day unless there is an unavoidable cause, like illness.

Good school attendance gives your child the opportunity for success and helps develop skills for life. Missing school damages a pupil’s learning and their grades, disrupts routines and can make pupils vulnerable to crime.

Pupils should never miss school for reasons like shopping, birthdays or to wait in for a repair person.

Research shows that 17 missed days of school often leads to a drop of a GCSE grade. Missing school seriously affects life opportunities.