School attendance and welfare

Truancy hotline:

0800 1412139

Parents and carers have a legal responsibility to ensure their child attends school regularly.

Children who miss school can fall behind with their work and do less well in exams. 

Download Newport City Council's School Attendance Policy (pdf)

Attend. Achieve. Succeed

Schools are open to pupils 190 days of the year which allows 175 days for holidays, rest and non-urgent appointments.

Good attendance means that pupils have the best chance to:  

  • keep up with school work
  • meet their expected progress
  • meet friends to learn and play with
  • learn good habits for adult life like regular attendance and arriving on time

Fixed penalty notices

In September 2014 Wales introduced a fixed penalty notice and fines for parents whose children have more than five days of unauthorised absence.

The notice can be issued for any absences not authorised by the school, including holidays.

Newport City Council will issue these notices when concerns are raised by school or the police.

The fine is £120 unless paid within 28 days when it is £60.

Download the council's Guide to Education Fixed Penalty Notices (pdf)

Download the Education Fixed Penalty Notices Local Code of Conduct (pdf) 

School leaving date

The school leaving date for pupils in year 11 is the last Friday in June of that academic year.

After this date a young person can legally obtain full-time employment.

>>Children's work regulations

>>Child performance licensing

>>Apply for chaperone approval

Contact

If your child is absent from school for any reason please contact the school to explain.

For help and advice email education.business@newport.gov.uk or telephone (01633) 210615.