Absent pupil parents are punished
PARENTS of pupils who failed to attend school have been fined in court.
The parents of three pupils at Thomas Clarkson Community College in Whittlesey were all convicted of failing to ensure their children attended school at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court.
One mother pleaded guilty and was fined £65 and ordered to pay £40 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Another parent admitted a similar charge and was given a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £50 costs. She was told to continue working with the education welfare officers and social services to ensure her child attended school.
The father of the same child failed to attend court, but magistrates found him guilty and fined him £300 with £150 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
A fourth parent also pleaded guilty and was fined £235 with £150 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
None of the pupils or their parents can be named for legal reasons.
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