Mother taken to court

A mother has been prosecuted for failing to ensure her children regularly attended the Sir Harry Smith Community College in Whittlesey.

The mother – who cannot be named for legal reasons – admitted the offence when she appeared before magistrates in Peterborough.

She was sentenced to a 24-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £300 costs.

Jonathan Digby, Principal of Sir Harry Smith Community College, said: “Children need to go to school. If they are not in school, they will not learn and then fail to reach their potential. 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.”