Absences From School


It is important that parents and carers understand their legal responsibilities in relation to their children's attendance at school. Compulsory school age applies to children between the ages of 5 and 16 years old.

The Education (Guernsey) Law, 1970, places a legal duty on the parents/carers of every child of compulsory school age to ensure that they are receiving efficient full-time education suitable to their age, ability, aptitude and to any special education needs they may have. This can either be by regular attendance at school or otherwise.

The 1970 Law also places a legal responsibility on parents/carers to make sure that their child attends the school they are registered at on a regular basis. If a registered pupil of compulsory school age fails to achieve regular attendance at school, the parent/carer is guilty of an offence and may face prosecution in the Magistrates' Court.

All absence from school should be reported to the School Office first thing in the morning.

If leave of absence from school is required for a pupil, parents and carers are asked to complete a Leave of Absence form and return it to the school office for the attention of the Headteacher.