What you need to know

It is very important to make sure your children regularly attend school, as this helps them achieve and get the best possible start in life. In the UK, parents and guardians also have a legal responsibility to make sure their child attends school.

This means that if your child regularly misses school without a good reason, the school and Leeds City Council will contact you. They will talk to you about the best ways to improve your child’s attendance.

If your child regularly misses school without good reason, the Council could make you pay a fine or take you to court.

The Council do not want this to happen, but they will do so if your child does not go to school more often.

If your child needs to stay away from school because they are sick or if they have long term medical problem, you should contact the school the same day to let them know the reason that your child is not in school.

If you need to take your child out of school during term time, for example if you need to travel abroad, you must get permission from the head teacher first.

If you do this without permission, you can be fined.

Last Updated: 12 September 2018

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