WISBECH: Suspended prison sentence for mother

A parent has been given a suspended prison sentence for a second offence of failing to ensure her children attend school.

The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty in her absence, of failing to make sure her sons attended the Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech.

It was the second time she had appeared in court for similar offences. Magistrates in King’s Lynn imposed an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered her to pay £150 costs.

David Gray, vice-principal at the Thomas Clarkson Academy, said: “The court has taken the view that parents need to do more to make sure their children go to school and I welcome that decision. A good education should open up a bright and exciting future for our young people. Parents need to work together with schools to ensure that children attend regularly and make the most of the opportunities provided for them.”