Exceptional Circumstance Leave

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 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 custodial sentence.  Cornwall Council may also apply for the costs incurred in taking the matter to Court.


‘Parents’ as set out in Section 576 of theEducation Act 1996, defines parent to include: natural parents, whether they are married or not; any person or body who has parental responsibility for a child (as defined by the Children Act 1989) and; any person who, although not a natural parent, has care of a child, irrespective of what their relationship is with said child.