Penalty Notices

Where it is believed that an offence is being committed relating to school attendance then a fixed penalty can be issues rather than commence criminal proceedings. Payment of the fixed penalty would be an alternative to proceedings and would not result in a criminal records.

The notice can be issued by either:

  • A police officer
  • A head teacher
  • A deputy or assistant head teacher authorised by the head teacher
  • An officer of the local authority authorised to give penalty notices

The penalty is limited to £60 if paid within 21 days, rising to £120 if paid within 28 days.

A Code of Conduct will be in place for each Local Authority to try to ensure consistency.

A penalty notice can also be issued where a child is found in a public place during school hours without reasonable justification during the first 5 days of any period of exclusion.

Please contact Clare Roberts for advice on 0115 9599550 if you know that a penalty notice is being considered or has been issued. Alternatively use the form below.

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