Attendance

Missing school without permission

Schools check pupils’ attendance twice a day by taking a register. If your child misses school without permission or a good reason, the school records this absence as ‘unauthorised’. This will affect your child’s attendance record and could lead to a fine or even legal action.

If your child is ill and you don’t tell the school, the school will record the absence as unauthorised. If your child misses more than five days of school, and you don’t give the school proof of the medical problem, the school will record the absence as unauthorised.

Truancy

Truancy is when your child misses lessons or doesn’t go to school because she or he chooses not to.

As a parent or carer, unless there is a very good reason such as illness, you must make sure your child:

  • Goes to school every day
  • Arrives on time. 

Report a child missing from school

If you know of a child near you who doesn’t appear to be in school, you can use our online form to let us know.

Report a child missing from school

Contact the attendance management team

Telephone: 020 3373 0390