Women are hit with fines for failing to get children to school
THREE women have been fined for failing to get children to school in a crackdown by education chiefs.
Tracey Smith, 41, failed to get a child to school between February 22 and June 28.
In unrelated cases Laura Harrison, 33, also failed to ensure a child went to school between April 12 and July 14, and Catherine Sigley, 42, failed to ensure a child went to school between April 25 and July 15.
The Education Act 1996 makes it a criminal offence for a parent to “fail to secure their child’s regular attendance at school”.
The women were summoned to court after failing to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice issued by Cheshire East Council after 28 days.
At Crewe magistrates court, Smith, of Parkgate Road, Macclesfield, admitted the offence and was fined £60 and ordered to pay £80 in legal costs.
Harrison, of Briarwood, Macclesfield, was fined £220 with £130 legal costs, and Sigley, of Sherbourne Road, Macclesfield, fined £60 with £80 costs, after being found guilty in their absence.
A spokesman for Cheshire East Council said: “The council will take action, including court action, where parents or a carer fail to ensure that a child regularly attends school without good reason or without an acceptable alternative education provision in place. Each referral to Cheshire East Council by a school for unauthorised absence is considered on its merits.”