Pay an Education Penalty Notice

You may be issued with an Education Penalty Notice if:

  • you take your child on holiday for 5 days or more during term-time, which has not been approved by the school
  • your child has 5 days (10 sessions) of unauthorised absences from school during a 6 week school period which are unauthorised
  • your child has been excluded from school and you fail to ensure they are not in a public place during the first 5 days of exclusion.

Each parent or carer may receive a separate penalty notice for each child taken out of school or failing to attend.

How to pay an Education Penalty Notice

You can pay an Education Penalty Notice by debit card by calling 01634 333 333 and quoting your reference number.

You can also make a payment at Rainham Contact Point or any of our community hubs.

Find your nearest community hub.

Cost and charges of the fine

You need to pay the fine within 28 days of it being issued.

If you pay the fine in the first 21 days, it will be reduced to £60.

If you do not pay the fine within 21 days it will increase to £120.

If you do not pay the fine within 28 days, you will be prosecuted and could be fined up to £1,000 and get a criminal record.

View the code of conduct for Education Penalty Notices.

For more information email or phone 01634 334 239.