Attendance Matters


If would like to discuss any issues your child may be having which are preventing them from attending school, please contact us as soon as possible and speak to someone in the Pastoral Team. 

For each child to reach their full educational achievement, a high level of school attendance is essential. Here at Brannel we work towards a goal of 100% attendance for every student. If your child stays off school without permission and good reason this is called truancy. Parents must remember that they should not ignore, agree with or condone their child’s truancy.

Section 7 of the Education Act 1996 places a duty upon the parents of a child of compulsory school age to ensure that child receives an efficient, full-time education. Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 states that if any child of compulsory school age is registered at a school and fails to attend regularly, then the parent of the child shall be guilty of an offence. Please note that parents who take their child out of school during Term Time, even if their child has regular attendance, can be fined or potentially prosecuted if they do not receive permission from the Headteacher.

  • Requests for absences will only be authorised for sickness (evidence may be required), religious observance, failure of school transport or where the Headteacher has given specific permission.
  • Requests for holidays during Term Time should be made to the Headteacher at least two weeks in advance, using the school’s ‘Request for Leave of Absence’ form. The Headteacher will not consider more than one leave of absence request per child per academic year. If the Headteacher refuses a request for Term Time absence and the child is still taken out of school, this will be recorded as unauthorised absence. We are committed to following our Attendance Policy in respect of the prosecution process in relation to any unauthorised holidays.


If parents or carers take their child(ren) out of school without permission, they will be committing an offence under the Education Act 1996. We may refer the matter to Cornwall Legal Services who may decide to prosecute. A conviction may result in a fine of up to £2,500, a prison sentence of up to three months or both. Alternatively, a penalty notice may be issued under Section 444A and 444B of the Education Act 1996. This carries 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 court action.