SOLIHULL Council has secured its first prosecution of a parent for taking their child on an unauthorised term time holiday.
A father took his child out of Fordbridge Community Primary School for a week’s holiday without permission and was ordered to pay £600 by Birmingham Magistrates Court.
He failed to attend court where he was fined £220, ordered to pay £350 costs and handed a £30 victim surcharge.
A council spokesman said: “This is the Council’s first successful prosecution for unauthorised leave of absence since the Supreme Court ruling.”
A mother was also sentenced at Birmingham Magistrates Court after her child failed to attend Smiths Wood Academy for 36 sessions – equivalent to 18 days – between May and October 2017.
The defendant, who also failed to attend court, was fined £440 and ordered to pay costs of £350 as well as a victim surcharge of £44, bringing the total fine to £834.
For more information regarding truancy and unauthorised absences, visit www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/Schools-learning/schoolattendance