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Fixed Penalty Notices

In order to reduce unauthorised absences, the Governors of Gade Valley Primary School will be issuing Fixed Penalty Notices from the 1st September 2019, under the following criteria:


  • A penalty notice will be issued with regard to unauthorised absence if a pupil fails to attend school as required without a genuine explanation. A pupil’s absence must have been unauthorised for at least 15 sessions (one session is half day either am or pm) in the previous and/or current term.

    Penalty notices will involve a parent paying a fine of £60 if paid within 21 days, or £120 if paid within 28 days.


  • Failure to pay the fine within 28 days will result in either a prosecution for the offence to which the notice applies, or withdrawal of the notice (limited circumstances apply). Prosecution will be taken by the Local Authority under the Education Act 1996, section 444.


  • The issuing of penalty notices will comply with the code of conduct and practice as determined by the Local Authority