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Bristol Couple Fined For School Term Time Holiday

Posted on 25th January 2016 at 3:41pm

School Term Holiday Fines

Bristol School Fine Parents £950 After They Took Children On Holiday To Get Over Losing Their Grandmother.

A school in Bristol has shocked parents all over the UK after they showed no compassion and fined two parents for taking their children out of school to get over losing their grandmother.

The Family

Richard and Kerry Bowering had the worst year imaginable. Not only did the children lose their beloved grandmother, something that is hard for any child or adult to accept, but then came the news their mother had to go into hospital for a hysterectomy after a cancer scare.

The parents decided to take their children, Tori, ten, and seven-year-old Maddison out of school to help them deal with the traumatic events, but the headteacher of the school was not sympathetic.

The school was approached for permission to take the children out of school but the headteacher refused, even though they explained what had happened to them.

The Fines

Kerry and Richard decided to take their children out of school and ignore the ban to try and bring some happiness to their children’s lives, but when they got back, they were fined £60 per parent, per child.

That meant they were given a fine of £240, all because they put the health of their children before a conservative policy that most parents in the UK don’t agree with.

The Bristol parents refused to pay the fine and after Mr Bowering failed to go to court due to work commitments, the fine with costs was increased to £950.

Mr Bowering said he was shocked, disgusted and outraged at the fine increasing to £950, which he was told he would have to pay by February 1, 2016.

He was offered by the court to pay the fine at £20 a week, which would mean he would be paying it off for the rest of 2016.

Mr Bowering’s Comments

He said: “In January, their gran died of cancer and then at the end of February their mum had a hysterectomy for
cervical cancer,” said Mr Bowering.

“They were really badly affected by those things – it was a nightmare time – so we thought we would give them a break and take them on holiday. I asked for a bit of compassion to allow us to do that,” he said.

Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council fined the parents after being informed by their daughter school, Little Mead Primary Academy in North Bristol.

A spokesman for Bristol City Council said they took the request from the school concerned. “The council has a duty to follow the current legislation and national guidelines relating to pupil attendance, as set out in the Department for Education’s guidance,” he said. “This includes fines which are also set out by central government.

“The guidelines regulations were revised in 2013 and now state that head teachers should not authorise any absence during term time unless they consider there to be exceptional circumstances surrounding the application.

“If a school believes it’s necessary, they can request a penalty notice for a child’s unauthorised absence from school, which we, as the local authority, have the power to issue,” he added.

The team at UK Airport Car Parks are shocked at the fine plus the seemingly lack of common sense and compassion. We would like to know what you think. Please let us know on our official Facebook Page.
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