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Consequences of Missing School

Questions About Missing School

Why attend every day?

A. Research shows that 17 school days missed can lead to one GCSE grade lost. Your child should attend school every day unless there is an unavoidable cause like illness. Reasons for missing school such as shopping and birthdays are not acceptable. Don't let your child get left behind.

What are the social consequences?

A. Children who miss a lot of school may feel left out at school.  They will not have the same shared experiences as their classmates and may find it difficult to follow what is going on in the classroom. Missing school trips, special events and break time may affect their ability to make friends at school. Being in school gives students more time to interact with teachers and classmates.

What should I do if my child is off school?

A. Telephone your child's school as early as possible on the first morning of their absence to give the reason. Any absence should be authorised by your child's Head Teacher. Any routine dentist and doctor appointments should be made after school or during holidays. You may be asked for a medical certificate or appointment card if your child is regularly absent due to illness or dental or medical appointments.

What should I do if my child is truanting?


  • Talk to them and find out why
  • Meet with your school to discuss any problems and find a solution
  • Contact the Education Welfare Service

Problems must be solved quickly so that your child can make the most of their time at school. We are on your side and we can help so please talk to us.

What if I want to go on holiday?

A. Holidays in term time are not normally authorised. In exceptional circumstances headteachers may give permission, please contact your child's school and check their policy.

Can I be prosecuted if my child's attendance is poor?

A. The local authority has several legal powers it can use. These include school attendance orders, education supervision orders and penalty notices. Authorised local authority staff, police officers and headteachers can issue penalty notices. The penalty is £60, rising to £120 if not paid within 28 days. If you fail to pay a penalty fine, you will be prosecuted. You could get a fine of up to £2,500, a community order or in extreme cases a jail sentence of up to three months.

For more information contact

Education Welfare service
 0115 876 2965

Contact Details

Education Welfare Service
Loxley House
Station Street