School Attendance

Secondary school pupils promoting the #NotInMissOut campaign

As a parent you are legally responsible for making sure that your child attends school. If your child fails to attend school without an acceptable reason you risk getting a Fixed Penalty Notice or being prosecuted.


Torfaen Council’s education service has launched a new campaign to celebrate the varied benefits of going to school every day including a great education, fun activities and spending time with friends.

Pupils and staff from Llanyrafon Primary School and Abersychan School are among the first to be featured in a series of social media videos promoting just some of the reasons their pupils - and staff - love going to school. You can watch the video here.

Torfaen Council will be working with other schools to promote their exciting curricular and extra-curricular activities over the coming months. Keep an eye on your local school's website and social media channels, or Torfaen Council's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels to follow the campaign.

The target attendance rate for primary and secondary schools in Torfaen is 95 per cent.

Pupils who take off an average of half a day off a week will have an attendance rate of 90 per cent. Those who take off an average of one day off a week will have an attendance rate of 80 per cent.

Allowing your children to take time off for reasons other than illness could be classed as unauthorised absences and may result in a Fixed Penalty Notice or prosecution.

To report your child as ill, or arrange an authorised absence, contact your child's school as soon as possible.


Having difficulties getting your child to school?

If you are having difficulty in getting your child to school or think there may be a reason why your child does not want to go to school, you should speak to your child's class teacher, Head of Year or Headteacher for help and support. There is also advice and support available from the school’s Education Welfare Officer.

Primary school pupils promoting the #NotInMissOut campaign

Last Modified: 31/03/2023
For more information contact:

Inclusion Service

Tel: 01495 766965

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