We work with children, their families and other agencies to help make sure that all children receive an education.

Attendance guidance for schools

Education is compulsory from 8 March 2021 and the Code of Conduct is current.

See our School Attendance Guidance for Schools and Penalty Notice Code of Conduct.

Penalty notice and enforcement data

Academic YearPenalty Notice fines issued for unauthorised absence Penalty Notice fines issued for unauthorised  leave of absenceCases prepared for Court under s4441 or s4441A  Education Act 1996Total received by Merton from Penalty Notice finesTotal fines imposed  by the Courts
2012/2013145 combined, not recorded separately 35£3450*£1660

* This figure is set by the Government. The following increases were implemented in 2013. £50 paid within 28 days to £60 paid within 21 days. £100 paid within 42 days to £120 paid within 28 days.

Penalty notice fines for unauthorised leave of absence are issued for 5 day absences or more in any rolling four month period.

Fines imposed by the Courts are payable directly to them not Merton.

Children not collected from school

This document sets out procedures to be followed should any pupil not be collected from a school, setting or after school childcare provision at the usual times.

This policy has been agreed between Merton Council’s Children, Schools and Families Department, Merton Local Safeguarding Children Board and the Metropolitan Police.

Children not collected from school: joint policy agreement

Contact us

Education Welfare Service
10th Floor
Merton Civic Centre
London Road

Telephone: 020 8545 4021
Email: education.welfare@merton.gov.uk