Did you know?

  • Regular and punctual attendance of pupils at school is both a legal requirement and crucial to a child’s success

  • There is a clear link between a high rate of attendance and high achievement.

  • If pupils are not in lessons they CANNOT LEARN!


Attendance during one school year    Equals days absent Equal

weeks absent

95% 9 Days 2 Weeks
90% 19 Days 4 Weeks
85% 29 Days 6 Weeks
80% 38 Days 8 Weeks
75% 48 Days 10 Weeks

What will happen if my child is referred to the Education Welfare Officer?

  • The EWO will also monitor your child’s attendance
  • If your child’s attendance does not improve, a £60 fine will be issued. (If the fine is not paid within 28 days, the fine becomes £120)
  • If there is no improvement in attendance, you can be prosecuted under Section 444 of the Education Act
  • This could result in a possible fine of up to £1000.00
  • If no improvement, it is a Level 4 prosecution which could mean £2,500 fine or 3 months in prison
  • Prior to the £60 fine there will be a penalty warning notice letter issued to parents informing them of a 20-day monitoring period, 100% attendance is required within this time frame.