Lliswerry Cluster Information on Fixed Penalty Notices linked to unauthorised absence:
Following Welsh Government Legislation, Newport City Council has adopted a Code of Conduct which allows the Local Authority to issue Fixed Penalty Notices to the parents of pupils who miss five school days or ten school sessions which are unauthorised.
Please note that protocols and procedures in relation to Fixed Penalty Notices will be enforced from January 1st 2016.
Issue of a Fixed Penalty Notice
Fixed Penalty Notices may be considered appropriate when:
Fixed Penalty Notices are currently set at 60 and must be paid within 28 days. Non-payment within this timeframe results in a total Penalty of 120. Non-payment of fines will result in prosecution.
Unauthorised absences are those which the Local Authority does not consider reasonable and for which no leave of absence has been agreed by the school. These include:
Holidays during school time
Parents keeping children off school unnecessarily, e.g. for company, shopping, birthdays,
hair appointments, dancing shows, looking after other children etc.
Truancy before or during the school day
Absences which have never been properly explained
Children who arrive at school too late to receive a mark i.e. after the register has closed.