Parents prosecuted

The parents of more children from Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech have been prosecuted for failing to ensure their children attend school.

One parent of two students was given a £45 fine with £50 costs and £15 victim surcharge for each child and has been told she will face prison if she has to be taken back to court for a third time.

The other parent received 12 months’ probation with supervision and was ordered to pay £50 costs.

All the cases were heard at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court. None of the defendants can be named for legal reasons.

Thomas Clarkson Academy Education Welfare Officer Lesley High said: “The court has taken the view that parents need to do more to make sure their children go to school and I welcome that decision. A good education should open up a bright and exciting future for our young people. Parents need to work together with schools to ensure that children attend regularly and make the most of the opportunities provided for them.”