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School attendance

Bridgend County Borough Council is committed to maximising the potential of all pupils who attend schools in the county borough.

Children of school-age who are registered at a school must, by law, attend school regularly. Regular attendance is important, not only because it is the law, but because it is the best way of ensuring children make the most of the educational opportunities available to them.

Parents and carers can be fined up to £2,500 or imprisoned for failing to ensure a child in their care attends school regularly.

Authorised absence

There will be times when a child cannot go to school, for example:

  • if they are ill
  • to attend medical appointments
  • for religious observation

If you are having issues with your child’s school attendance it is important to speak to school staff as soon as possible.

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