Thomas Clarkson parents fined for truancy

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The parents of three pupils at Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech have been fined for failing to ensure their children regularly attended school.

Two of the parents – none of whom can be named for legal reasons – did not attend court and were each fined £150 with £150 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

The third pleaded guilty and was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge. An arrest warrant was issued for a fourth parent who failed to attend court for a second time.

All the cases were heard at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court.

Thomas Clarkson Academy Principal Clare Claxton said: “It is absolutely clear that children who attend school regularly and punctually do much better at school than those whose attendance is poor. We must do all we can to drive that message home to children and encourage their parents to do the same.”