Solihull Council successfully prosecute parents for children’s unauthorised school absences - The Solihull Observer

Solihull Council successfully prosecute parents for children’s unauthorised school absences

Solihull Editorial 20th Feb, 2018 Updated: 22nd Feb, 2018   0

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

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