About school attendance

We have a responsibility to ensure that parents and carers make sure that their children go to school regularly and that school aged children have a right to and aren’t prevented from getting a suitable education.

All children of compulsory school age (5 to 16 years) must receive a full-time education by law.

Children must be in education between the school term after their 5th birthday and the last Friday in June in the school year they turn 16.

Parents or carers are responsible for making sure this happens, either by registering the child at a school and making sure they attend or by providing other appropriate education such as home schooling.

If your child does not attend school regularly and there isn't a good reason for the absences, you could be fined or even have to attend court.

If they have a good reason to be absent, such as sickness, contact the school on the first day and write a letter of explanation for their return.

Find out more about school attendance on GOV.UK