More parents prosecuted over schooling

THREE more parents have been prosecuted for failing to ensure their children attend Thomas Clarkson Community College in Wisbech.

All three pleaded guilty to the charges at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court. One was given a 6-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £100 costs and a £15 victim surcharge, while the other two were each given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £100 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

The prosecutions were brought by Cambridgeshire County Council.

Education welfare officers, who are conducting regular truancy sweeps in the area, thanked local shops and supermarkets for their support.

Thomas Clarkson Community College Vice-Principal David Gray said: “Children need to go to school. The courts play an important role in ensuring parents take their responsibilities regarding school attendance, seriously. Schools work closely with parents to help them do their best but sadly in some cases court action like this is necessary in the best interests of our young people.”