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School attendance

If children do not attend school regularly, they will fall behind and may not be able to keep up with the work. By law, all children between the age of five and 16 must have a suitable full-time education.
The attendance team is currently operating a reduced service and unable to take telephone calls

Please email aws@lewisham.gov.uk stating your full name, contact details and the nature of your enquiry. The team will get back to you shortly.

School attendance expectations

Find information on school attendance and truancy.

Educating your child at home

We support the right of parents to educate at home and would like to work with parents, carers and the education community to develop effective and supportive partnerships.

Exclusion from school

Exclusion from school is very serious. Only the headteacher of a school can exclude a pupil and this must be on disciplinary grounds.

Penalty notices for school absences

Find out about the fines we can issue if your child is regularly absent from school.