Parents fined over truancy

THE parents of two pupils at Thomas Clarkson Community College in Wisbech have been convicted of failing to ensure their children attend school.

The first parent – who cannot be named – was sentenced to six months probation and ordered to pay £150 costs by magistrates in Peterborough. It was the parent’s second similar offence.

The second case involved both parents of a child. Both failed to attend court and were convicted in their absence. They were fined £250 each plus £100 costs.

Thomas Clarkson principal Maureen Strudwick said: “Sadly, a minority of our parents do not appreciate the importance of good attendance at college and the effect it has on their child’s education.

“The College will not hesitate to prosecute parents if they fail to engage with us and ensure their children attend on a regular basis.

“We would like to thank the court for its continued support in helping us to raise standards and improve the life chances of our young people.”