That is not correct. A child's school place cannot be removed for an unathorised absence. A place can only be removed once the child has already started at the school if it had been obtained through a fraudulent or misleading application. This is whether it is an academy or any other type of state funded schol.
Nope a place can be removed if a child is away from school for a long enough unauthorised absence, I think it is a month or six weeks. Academies just like other schools can also fine parents, (£50 per child, per day, per parent I think).
You are wrong nelson's column. The attendence regulations provide for a school to remove a child's place after 20 days of unauthorised absence.
Starlight - here is the relevant info from the regulations (Pupil Registration Regulations 2006). The school may delete a child's place if
h) the pupil has been continuously absent for not less than 20 school days, such absence was not authorised, the proprietor does not have grounds to believe that the pupil is unable to attend due to sickness or any unavoidable cause, and the proprietor and the LA have failed after reasonable enquiry to ascertain where the pupil is.
here is some relevant case law
R v London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and Barking Comprehensive School  ELR 144 confirmed: (1) there is a legal duty on both the school and the LA to make reasonable enquiries; (2) it is not necessary to wait until after the 20 days to make the enquiries; (3) it is reasonable to inquire by letter to the family's home, even where it is known that the family is away; (4) it is legal, though harsh, to remove the name on the day the 20 days expires
Not no sanctions. The school, whether academy or not, can refer you to the Education Welfare Officer who could choose to fine or prosecute you for a shorter absence, but they could remove the child's place for a shorter absence than 20 days.
Starlight - the 85% figure is the government's definition of persistant truancy. Sanctions can be put in place before then - that depends on the school's and LA's attendence policy. The school can refer you to the Education Welfare Service whenever they have an absence concern. Our council's policy is to fine parents who have had more than 10 unauthorised absences in a six-month period. That means 5 days, not 10, as an absence is half a day (two registration periods per day). Your local council will have the info on their policy on their website. So you could get a £60 fine if you had a week's unauthorised absence.
The fines are set by the government - £60 if you pay within 28 days and £120 after that. They are on the spot fines, you don't need to be taken to court first. Nothing to do with whether a school is an academy or not - all schools are bound by the attendance regulations.
Starlight - it varies because different local authorities have different policies. They can be issued by the headteacher, the local authority or the policy but they have to be issued in accordance with the local authority's policy. If you can't find it on the LA website then you should email and ask them to send it to you, they are obliged to make it publicly available. I don't know who gets to keep the money - not the school anyway.