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School attendance and legal proceedings

It is the responsibility of parents/carers to ensure that all their children of compulsory school age are receiving an efficient full-time education by regular attendance at a school or otherwise.

Devon Education Services monitor school attendance and support schools in their efforts to raise school attendance.

All schools have a legal obligation to inform Devon County Council of any child not attending regularly. Should you have any concerns about your child’s attendance or need support please contact the Attendance Improvement Service.

Further information about school attendance and absence can be found at GOV.UK.

Absence from school: pay a school absence penalty notice

If your child has unauthorised absences from school, this could result in a school absence penalty notice being issued. You can find out more about school absence penalty notices as well as the other legal measures that can be taken at Absence from school – penalty notices.

If you have received a school absence penalty notice you can pay it in the following ways:

Main reception
County Hall
Topsham Road

Late or part payments cannot be accepted and no reminders will be sent.