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Dad who refused to pay term time holiday fine 'hugely relieved' after High Court rules in his favour

Jon Platt outside the Royal Courts of Justice Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A father who refused to pay the fine imposed on him by his local council after he took his daughter out of school during term time has won a ruling in his favour.

The Isle of Wight Council fined Jon Platt £60 for taking his child on holiday during the school term without the express permission of her school. He refused to pay and the fine was doubled.

The dispute went before the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court in October when Mr Platt won the case. But the Isle of Wight Council appealed against the decision at the High Court in London. Today, Lord Justice Lloyd Jones and Mrs Justice Thirlwall dismissed the council's challenge, ruling that the magistrates had not "erred in law" when reaching their decision.

"I do not consider it is open to an authority to criminalise every unauthorised holiday by the simple device of alleging that there has been no regular attendance in a period limited to the absence on holiday.

"The school's attendance register showed that M had an attendance rate of 92.35%.

"I consider the magistrates correctly had regard to the wider picture.

"In all the circumstances of this case I am unable to say their conclusion was not one reasonably open to them."

– Lord Justice Lloyd Jones

Outside the court steps, Mr Platt said he was 'hugely relieved'.

"I am obviously hugely relieved. I know that there was an awful lot riding on this - not just for me but for hundreds of other parents."

The magistrates decided Mr Platt had "no case to answer" because no evidence had been produced to prove that his daughter - who is now aged seven and can only be referred to as M for legal reasons - had failed to attend school "regularly".

– Jon Platt

The Isle of Wight council has said it is to seek clarification on the rules over parents taking children on holidays during the school term from the Department for education.

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