Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Parents Prosecuted For Failing To Ensure Children Attend School

The parents of pupils at two Huntingdonshire schools have been prosecuted for failing to ensure their children attend school.

The parents of three pupils were found guilty and prosecuted for failing to pay fixed penalty fines that had been previously issued by education welfare officer.  One parent was fined £75 and ordered to pay £70 costs and a £20 victim surcharge, whilst another parent was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £75 for costs and a victim surcharge of £15.

A third parent was fined £150 with £150 costs and a £20 victim surcharge, even though her son was now no longer of compulsory school age, since the original fixed penalty fine had been issued in his last year at school.

The other parents were found guilty and prosecuted for poor school attendance which resulted in:

  • one parent being fined £75 with £70 costs and a £20 victim surcharge
  • a second given a 12-month conditional discharge, with £150 costs and a £15 victim surcharge
  • a third given a 12-month conditional discharge with £50 costs and £15 victim surcharge

All cases were heard at Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court and related to non-attendance at St Peter’s School and Hinchingbrooke School. None of the defendants can be named due to legal reasons.