Women are hit with fines for fail­ing to get chil­dren to school

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

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.”

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