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Parents prosecuted for childs school absence


1:43pm 16th June 2011

The parents of a child from York, who failed to attend school regularly, have been prosecuted.

The youngster, aged 7 at the time, failed to attend classes on 102 occasions out of a possible 194.

That made her absence rate well over 50%, compared to the average for the city of 5%.

The girls parents have now been fined £150 pounds plus a £15 victim surcharge.

The youngsters stepfather has also been sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge.

Mark Smith, Schools Adviser: City of York Council, said:

"The council only ever uses court as a last resort where all other attempts to encourage good attendance have failed. In these instances, the council's priority is to protect the interests of the child who is being denied the education to which they are entitled.  

"This is a thankfully rare case as attendance in York schools is excellent. The most recent figures show that attendance in the council's primary schools is joint best nationally whilst attendance in secondary schools is amongst the top 25 of 150 local authorities."

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