MARCH: Parents prosecuted

The parents of three students at Neale-Wade Academy have been prosecuted for failing to ensure their children attend school.

One was fined £200 with £150 costs and ordered to pay a £20 surcharge. A second was fined £100 with £75 costs and a £20 victim surcharge, while the third was fined £40 with £40 costs and £20 victim surcharge.

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

Education Welfare Officer Julie Rutterford said: “Staff at Neale-Wade Academy work extremely hard to help students improve their attendance and to support their parents in doing the same thing but children simply have to attend school regularly. Sometimes, regretfully, we have to support this tough action to get the message across in the best interests of the young people and families involved.”