Sheffield has an attendance strategy which sets out the City’s vision for everyone working together to improve attendance in early years settings, schools, academies and colleges.

Attendance and the law

Regular attendance at school is vital to help children and young people achieve their full potential and get the best possible start in life.

The law states that all children must receive a suitable, full time education between the ages of 5 and 16. Parents/carers are responsible for this and may be fined or summonsed to attend Magistrates Court if their child does not attend regularly.

The outcome of a recent court case in the Isle of Wight has generated some public debate. This case has now concluded. The Supreme Court has ruled that the Holiday Penalty Notice which was disputed was issued correctly. Sheffield schools may request Holiday Penalty Notices for each parent or person with day to day responsibility for a child who is absent for holidays of 5 consecutive school days or over in line with our code of conduct.

Pay your attendance fine online

Paying fines for unauthorised absences must be done online.

You will need:

  • your customer reference number, found on your fine letter
  • your credit or debit card

If you have been issued a fine for your child’s unauthorised absence in term time and wish to make representations against its issue you must make your representation in writing only. You must do this within 28 days of the date on your penalty notice either by email to; or post to: Attendance and Inclusion Legal Team, Floor 7, North wing, Moorfoot, Sheffield S1 4PL

Please see the information provided on your Penalty Notice before making your representation.

Contact Prevention & Early Intervention Team

Moorfoot Building

S1 4PL

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