Pay a school attendance fine

Pay early and pay less

If you're paying the fine in the first 21 days of getting it, pay £60. The fine then rises to £120 if paid within 28 days but after 21 days.

Who needs to pay the Penalty Notice?

Where two 'parents' have been issued with a Penalty Notice for a child, then each parent will need to pay their fine.

Where Penalty Notices have been issued for more than one child then each parent will need to pay a fine for each child.

Definition of a 'parent'

Section 576 of the Education Act 1996 defines 'parent' to include:

  • All natural parents, whether they are married or not
  • Any person who, although not a natural parent, has parental responsibility for a child or young person
  • Any person who, although not a natural parent, has care of a child or young person

Paying your Penalty Notice

Payment can be made by the following methods:

Pay online

Pay your Penalty Notice online

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By phone

Payments can be made by Switch, Solo, Mastercard, Visa and Delta, by ringing 0300 456 0645 (choose option 3 for sundry debtors). This facility is available 24 hours a day. Please have your invoice number and card details available when making the call.

At a Post Office or PayPoint location

You can use this Penalty Notice to pay at a Post Office. The bar coded Penalty Notice can be used at any Post Office in the UK. This is a free service that provides over forty (40) places of payment in Salford. The barcode is printed on the front of this Penalty Notice to make it easy to use at the Post Office.

You can also use this Penalty Notice to pay at locations displaying the PayPoint logo. Please note that payment at a PayPoint location is by cash only.

Payment by BACS

In order to make payments by this method, please quote the following Salford City Council bank account details.

  • Sort code: 20-54-66
  • Account number: 93073130
  • Plus your Penalty Notice number

By cheque

Cheques should be made payable to "Salford City Council" and sent by post to the Director of Service Reform, Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford, M27 SAW. Please note, post dated cheques are not accepted on this account.

Write your Penalty Notice number detailed overleaf on the back of the cheque. We do not normally send receipts for postal payments, but if you require one you must enclose a stamped addressed envelope.


If you believe that you have a valid reason for non- payment, or you require further details regarding this Penalty Notice, please contact the school to where the non-attendance relates.

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