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Nurture

We will, as our pupils are growing and learning with us, care for, support and safeguard them whilst striving to encourage them to be responsible citizens and do the same for each other and their wider community.

Inspire

We will strive to ignite our pupils’ desire and enthusiasm to learn without limits.

Flourish

We will aim to encourage our pupils and school community to develop academically and socially which will develop their desire to explore the wider world, skilled and equipped to find out even more.

What the law says

 

Parents/carers have a legal responsibility for ensuring that children of compulsory school age receive a full-time

education "suitable to their age, ability, aptitude and any special education needs that they may have either by regular

attendance at school or otherwise" - Section 7 Education Act 1996.

Parents/carers whose children are on a school register and fail to ensure the regular school attendance of their children,

may be guilty of an offence under Section 444 or 444(1A) of the Education Act 1996.  The council may issue a Penalty

Notice or take other statutory action through the courts to secure regular school attendance.

Legal Interventions
Penalty Notice
A penalty notice is used as an early intervention and is an alternative to prosecution under Section 444 of the Education

Act for irregular school attendance which is not authorised by the school.

The school may request a penalty notice and one will be issued by the council if the request meets the criteria in the

Code of Conduct. There is no right of appeal against the issuing of a penalty notice.

The penalty for non-attendance at school is £120 to be paid within 28 days, which is reduced to £60 if paid within 21

days of the notice being served. The fines are charged per parent per child. Parents/carers may discharge their potential

liability for an absence period by paying the penalty notice. Failure to pay the penalty notice may result in prosecution

in the Magistrate's Court under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996.

Prosecution
Schools or the Local Authority may prosecute a parent/carer without the use of a penalty notice fine first and this could

result in a more serious penalty.

The offence under Section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996 carries a maximum fine of £1,000 and the council will also

seek to recover costs. The more serious offence under Section 444 (1A) has a range of sentencing options for the court

to impose on each responsible parent/carer, including:

  • a fine of up to £2,500;
  • a community based sentence;
  • three months imprisonment;
  • subject to a Parenting Order - this can be additional to other sentences;
  • costs may be awarded to the council.


If you would like to discuss any of the statutory action further, please do not hesitate to contact our Attendance Lead,

Mrs Smith.

  • Parkroyal Community School
  • Lyon Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire,
  • SK11 6QX
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