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.