We would like to bring to your notice that, under the Education Act 1996; it is the duty of parent(s)/responsible adult(s) to ensure the regular attendance of their child in school. This means that s/he must be in attendance, and on time, every time the school is open, unless s/he is prevented from doing so by reason of illness or any unavoidable cause. If parents take their children on holiday in term time and leave of absence has not been granted, the Local Education Authority may issue a Penalty Notice under Section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996. The Penalty Notice imposes a fine of up to £120 per parent per child.
Local Authorities are charged in law with enforcing school attendance. If you wish to obtain more information or advice please contact the Hants Direct Parent Line, telephone 0300 5551384.
More information on attendance is available in this leaflet.