School Holiday Fines – Supreme Court Ruling

Supreme Court Hands down its long-awaited judgment in respect of school term-time holiday fines.

In a landmark judgment handed down by The Supreme Court this morning, it has been ruled that parents cannot legally take children out of school during term-time without their head teacher’s permission. Parents who take children out of school during term time face fines and prosecution for doing so.

Jon Platt had successfully argued in the Magistrates Court and High Court that he was not acting unlawfully in taking his daughter on holiday during term time because his daughter had a good overall attendance record in excess of 90%. We refer you to our previous articles on this matter.

Today’s judgment certainly clarifies the law in respect of term-time holiday fines and is a firm ruling in favour of the current system in place which prosecutes parents who take their children on holiday during term-time.

A further, more in-depth review of the judgment and the impact of the Supreme Court’s position will be posted on this website shortly upon further consideration of the Supreme Court’s full judgment.

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