11th Dec, 2016

Solihull mum fined over £1,000 for school absences

Solihull Editorial 11th Jan, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A SOLIHULL woman has been fined £1,209 for her children’s unauthorised school absences.

She was sentenced at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Monday, December 7, 2015 after previously pleading guilty to two offences under Section 444 (1)(A) of the Education Act 1996 relating to her two children not attending Fordbridge Primary School.

One child took 55 unauthorised absences from school between January 5, 2015 and June 5, 2015; while the other child took 43 unauthorised absences during the same period.

The defendant was made the subject of a community order for 12 months with a recommended 20 days of compulsory activity and was fined £355 for both offences.

The magistrates also ordered her to pay prosecution costs of £664, a criminal court charge of £150 and a victim surcharge of £60; leading to a total of £1,209 which she must pay.

For more information regarding truancy and unauthorised absences, visit Solihull Council’s website: www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/Schools-learning/schoolattendance.