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 Year Penalty Notice fines issued for unauthorised absence  Penalty Notice fines issued for unauthorised  leave of absence Cases prepared for Court under s4441 or s4441A  Education Act 1996 Total received by Merton from Penalty Notice fines Total fines imposed  by the Courts

2012/2013

145 combined, not recorded separately

 

35

£3450*

£1660**

2013/2014

38

96

36

£5,160

£9,335

2014/2015

122

73

72

£5,820

£7,330

2015/2016

125

135

50

£9,900

£4,757

2016/2017

112

74

73

£6,960

£9,596

2017/2018

117

211

102

£16,440

£6,890

2018/2019

121

222

56

£13,380

£12,326

2019/2020

54

97

10

£5880

£2030

2020/2021

16

16

8

£360

£1,980

2021/2022

142

90

41

£4,680

£11,080

* 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 His Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service not to 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

Moving from Primary to Secondary school

Top tips for Parents supporting your child with their transition from Year 6 to Year 7

Contact us

Education Welfare Service
10th Floor
Merton Civic Centre
London Road
Morden
SM4 5DX

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