Mum fined for term-time holiday

THE mum of a 13-year-old boy has been fined more than £200 for taking her son out of school for a holiday during term time.

The woman, from Liversedge, did not appear for her hearing at Dewsbury and Batley Magistrates’ Court this week, but pleaded guilty by post to being a parent of a child of compulsory school age who failed to attend regularly.

Sarah Swarbrick, prosecuting for Kirklees Council, said the woman had asked the school for permission to take her son out of school for a holiday between July 7 and 15 last year.

The headteacher refused as a new timetable had recently been set. He said he feared that it would disrupt the child’s education, but the boy was taken out of school between these dates anyway.

Ms Swarbrick said a £50 fixed penalty notice was issued to the mother for breaking the school rules.

It was increased to £100 when it was not paid within 28 days.

When the fine was still not paid, the matter was brought before the court. There had been no explanation from the mother as to why she had not paid the fine.

She was fined £265 by the court in her absence, ordered to pay £64 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.