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Burnley St Peter's

C of E Primary School

Persistent Absentees & Fixed Penalty Notices

St Peter’s School attendance policy clearly explains the use of fixed penalty notices.


Particular attention should be given to the changes regarding Fixed Penalty Notices. 

The thresholds are 10 sessions (5 days) of unauthorised absence in any term or 20 sessions (10 days) over 2 consecutive terms, which could cover 2 academic years. This means that families could receive up to 3 fixed penalty notices in any academic year.


The current persistent absence threshold, of around 15 per cent, means a pupil has to be absent for 56 sessions (28 days) of school to be classified as persistently absent. This is a great deal of schooling to miss and, in the government’s opinion, setting the bar too high in this respect. From the beginning of this academic year, 2015 to 2016, the government is reducing the persistent absence threshold from 15 per cent to 10 per cent.


Currently persistently absent pupils are defined according to the absent sessions threshold – currently 56 or more sessions of absence for the full academic year.



The following table shows estimated cumulative absence sessions thresholds for 10 per cent.


Half-term 1

7 or more sessions

Half-term 1-2 (autumn term)

14 or more sessions

Half-term 1-3

20 or more sessions

Half-term 1-4 (autumn term and spring term combined)

25 or more sessions

Half-term 1-5

31 or more sessions

Half-term 1-6 (full academic year)

38 or more sessions