Exceptional Leave/Lates Information

Exceptional Leave of Absence Information
 

The law requires parents to ensure their children receive an efficient full time education, and every minute of every day is important.  Please help them not to miss any of this valuable time.

 

We hope that when you have read the information outlined in the document below, you will consider that your child’s education is too important to take holidays during term time.

 

If an unauthorised leave of absence is taken, this may incur a penalty notice being issued under Section 444A and 444B of the Education Act 1996.  This carries a fine of £60 if paid within 21 days or £120 if paid after this but within 28 days.  Failure to pay the penalty notice will result in Court action.

Unauthorised Late Marks Information
 
If your child is arriving late - after the register has closed at 9am, it will be coded as a 'U' which is an unauthorised late mark. If your child accrues 10 unauthorised late marks within 100 sessions (10 weeks) you will be committing an offence under the Education Act 1996. 
  
The School may refer the matter to Cornwall Council who may decide to take legal action against you, issuing a penalty notice under Section 444A and 444B of the Education Act 1996.  This carries a fine of £60 if paid within 21 days or £120 if paid after this but within 28 days.  Failure to pay the penalty notice will result in Court action.
 
Persistent absences/unauthorised lates, not authorised by the school, may result in a prosecution in the Magistrates Court, leading to fines up to £2,500 and/or custodial sentences.