Reporting Absence


Regular and punctual school attendance is important. Pupils need to attend school regularly if they are to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them by law. Newquay Primary Academy recognises its responsibilities to ensure children are in school and on time, therefore having access to learning for the maximum number of days and hours.

An absence is classified as unauthorised when a pupil is away from school without the permission of the school. Unauthorised holiday constitutes an unauthorised absence.

If your child is absent from school without authorisation, you will be committing an offence under the Education Act 1996. We may submit a request to Cornwall Council for a Penalty Notice to be issued, in accordance with Sections 444A and 444B of the said Act. Penalty Notices are issued per liable parent, per child and each carry 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 may result in legal action. Absence not authorised by the school may result in a prosecution in the Magistrates’ Court under Section 444(1) or Section 444(1A) of the Education Act 1996, leading to a fine of up to £2,500 and/or a custodial sentence. Cornwall Council may also apply for the costs incurred in taking the matter to Court.

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Reporting an absence

Please report any child absence/sickness to the academy office before morning registration by calling the academy office. Details of which can be found on the Contact Us page of this website.