WISBECH: Wisbech parents fined

More parents of students at Thomas Clarkson Academy have been prosecuted for failing to ensure their children attend school.

Nine parents – none of whom can be named for legal reasons – were fined, and ordered to pay costs and victim surcharges.

Two who attended King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court received a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £50 costs each.

Others who did not attend court were found guilty in their absence and will have to pay fines ranging from £400 to £600 each. All fines must be paid within 28 days.

The cases against four further parents were adjourned until a later date.

David Gray, Vice Principal at the Thomas Clarkson Academy, 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.”