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Penalty Notice

Following a request from school Gateshead Council may issue a penalty notice to each parent of a child in accordance with its code of conduct. If there is more than one child, each parent will receive a penalty notice for each child of statutory school age who has had an unauthorised leave of absence.
There is no limit on the number of times you can be issued with a penalty notice for unauthorised leave of absence. The penalty notice is a fine of £120 per parent (for each child) which must be paid within 28 days. The amount of the fine is reduced to £60 if the payment is made within 21 days.
Details about how payment can be made are included with the penalty notice. However, payment in part or by instalment is not an option, and there is no statutory right of appeal once a notice has been issued. If the penalty notice is not paid, you may be prosecuted in the Magistrates Court for the original offence of failing to ensure your child's regular school attendance. This can result in a penalty of up to £2,500 and/or a community order and a criminal conviction.

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More information

For more information about the issues raised in this leaflet contact your child's school or Gateshead Council's Legal Intervention Team:

Education Support Service

Legal Intervention Team

Civic Centre

Floor 2



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