Mother warned she will face jail if truancy continues from Thomas Clarkson Academy, Wisbech

THE mother of two Thomas Clarkson Academy students has been told she will face prison if she continues to fail to ensure that they attend school.

The parent was given a �45 fine with �50 costs and a �15 victim surcharge for each child in the latest round of prosecutions for truancy from the Wisbech school. She was told to expect jail if she is taken back to court for a third time.

Another parent received 12 months’ probation with supervision and was ordered to pay �50 costs at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court.

The defendants can not be named for legal reasons.

Lesley High, Thomas Clarkson’s education welfare officer, said: “The court has taken the view that parents need to do more to make sure their children go to school and I welcome that decision.

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“A good education should open up a bright and exciting future for our young people.

“Parents need to work together with schools to ensure that children attend regularly and make the most of the opportunities provided for them.”

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