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Pay a penalty notice for school attendance

The fine is £60 if you pay within 21 days of the penalty notice issue date, which is on the penalty notice letter.

The amount rises to £120 if you do not pay within 21 days. If you do not pay the fine after 28 days you may be prosecuted for your child's absence from school.

Pay your penalty notice online

To pay online you will need:

  • a debit or credit card 

  • the penalty notice number 

  • the penalty notice start date

You can find this information on your penalty notice letter.

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Please note that payment in part or by instalment is not available for penalty notices. There is no statutory right of appeal once a notice has been issued. 

We reserve the right to refuse to accept and/or return any late or part payment of a penalty notice. 

Code of Conduct 

All penalty notices are issued in accordance with a local code of conduct drawn up by us. If you have any questions about the penalty notice or the code of conduct, please contact us.


A penalty notice may be withdrawn if:

  • it should not have been issued to you

  • it has not been issued to you in accordance with the local code of conduct

  • it contains material errors

If you believe that the penalty notice was wrongly issued, contact our Legal Intervention Team as soon as possible. Ask for the penalty notice to be withdrawn, and tell us why you believe it was incorrectly issued.

We will review your request, then we will contact you to let you know if the penalty notice will be withdrawn.


If you do not pay the penalty, and the penalty notice is not withdrawn, you will be prosecuted for the offence of failing to ensure your child's regular attendance at school.


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Legal Intervention Team

Gateshead Civic Centre (Floor 2)
Regent Street

0191 433 3000