Parents prosecuted

THE parents of four pupils at Wisbech’s Thomas Clarkson Community College have been prosecuted for failing to ensure their children attended school.

The prosecutions were all brought by Cambridgeshire County Council and heard at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court.

One mother did not attend court but the case against her was proved in her absence. She was fined £100 with £100 costs and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

Another parent – the mother of two children at the school – admitted the offence. Sentencing was adjourned until 12 April.

A third parent pleaded not guilty and this case was adjourned until 9 February.

Thomas Clarkson Principal Maureen Strudwick said: “I am delighted with the firm stance taken by the court. This sends out a very clear message that it is unacceptable for a child to miss school without good reason. They miss out on vital learning at a particularly important stage of their lives.”