Parents of three truant pupils at Fenland academy fined

Thomas Clarkson Wisbech

Thomas Clarkson Wisbech - Credit: Archant

THE parents of three pupils at Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech have been fined for failing to ensure their children regularly attended school.

One parent pleaded guilty and was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge at King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court.

Two of the parents did not attend court and were each fined £150 with £150 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

An arrest warrant was issued for a fourth parent who failed to attend court for a second time.

Thomas Clarkson Academy principal Clare Claxton said: “It is absolutely clear that children who attend school regularly and punctually do much better at school than those whose attendance is poor.

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“We must do all we can to drive that message home to children and encourage their parents to do the same.”

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