Parents rapped over daughter’s truancy

Carr Hill High School, Kirkham
Carr Hill High School, Kirkham

The importance of children staying on at school until they were eligible to leave was outlined to magistrates during the case of a couple who failed to see their 16-year-old daughter went to school regularly.

Lee Mitchell and his wife Lisa Mitchell, of St Andrews Road South, St Annes, were found guilty of failing to ensure a child’s regular attendance at school following a trial in their absence.

They were both fined £120 with £50 costs and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Tony Didsbury, prosecuting for Lancashire Country Council’s education department, said the case concerned the couple’s 16-year-old daughter who had been a pupil at Carr Hill High School, Kirkham.

Between August last year and February this year the teenager attended 99 out of a possible 157 school sessions, making her attendance rate 63 percent.

Mr Didsbury said: “She has now left school.

“She stopped being of compulsory school age on the last day in June.

“Year 11 is a vital time in children’s education and if something was not done there would be dozens of them walking out.”

He added that the defendants had been issued with a penalty notice for failing to ensure their child’s attendance at school.

This would have meant a financial penalty of £60 for each parent if paid promptly, rising to a £120 penalty, but the Mitchells has not paid.

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