Parents convicted for failing to ensure children attend Wisbech school

THE parents of two Thomas Clarkson Community College pupils have been convicted for failing to ensure their children attend the Wisbech school.

The first parent, who cannot be named, was sentenced to six months probation and ordered to pay �150 costs by Peterborough magistrates. The court heard that it was the parent’s second similar offence.

The second case involved both parents of a child. They failed to attend court and, in their absence, they were fined �250 each and ordered to pay �100 costs.

Principal Maureen Strudwick said: “Sadly, a minority of our parents do not appreciate the importance of good attendance at college and the effect it has on their child’s education.

“It is at this point that the college will not hesitate to prosecute parents if they fail to engage with the college and ensure their children attend on a regular basis.

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“We would like to thank the Peterborough Magistrates Court for its continued support in helping us to raise standards and improve the life chances of our young people.”

Thomas Clarkson Community College has secured Government approval to become an academy from April next year.

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