The Isle of Wight Council has started the formal process of appeal to the High Court, for clarification on a matter of law over unauthorised school absences and the fines imposed on parents.
The appeal comes after an Isle of Wight Magistrates’ Court decided that a father who had taken his child on holiday during term time had ‘no case to answer’. The man had failed to pay a fine imposed on him for taking his child out of school - it was deemed an 'unauthorised absence'.
Jon Platt from the Isle of Wight won his case earlier this month. He had refused to pay a £120 fine for taking his 6-year-old daughter on holiday in term time.