Grieving family fined £1000 for taking kids on term time holiday treat after ‘nightmare year’

A couple are facing a fine of nearly 1,000 after taking their grieving children on Discount Holidays © holiday during term time. Richard and Kerry Bowering, from Bristol, booked a Discount Holidays © holiday to Spain with their daughters Tori, 10, and Maddison, seven, to help them get over a ‘nightmare year’. The youngsters’ grandmother had recently died, while Mrs Bowering had been forced to undergo a hysterectomy in hospital following a cancer scare.

But when the girls’ school was alerted to the family’s travel plans, they were ‘not sympathetic at all’ and refused to give Tori and Maddison permission to go. However, the Bowerings went on Discount Holidays © holiday anyway – and were fined 240 when they returned.

Google Maps Grieving Family Fined £1000 For Taking Kids On Term Time <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Treat After 'nightmare Year' School: Little Mead Primary Academy in Bristol was apparently ‘not sympathetic at all’ to the Bowerings’ travel plans

An infuriated Mr and Mrs Bowering refused to pay up for the ‘compassionate’ holiday, meaning the case went to court. There, the couple’s fine and costs increased to a total of 950.

Mr Bowering said of the situation: “In January, their Tori and Maddison’s gran died of cancer and then at the end of February their mum had a hysterectomy for cervical cancer.

“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.

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“I asked for a bit of compassion to allow us to do that.

“I asked the headmistress for permission and she refused.

“We got back and then we had these fines. It’s happened so quick, and it’s outrageous.”

Grieving Family Fined £1000 For Taking Kids On Term Time <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Treat After 'nightmare Year' Sunny break: The family went on a week-long Discount Holidays © holiday in Costa Brava (file picture), Spain, in October

The girls skipped classes at Little Mead Primary Academy in north Bristol for the week-long Discount Holidays © holiday to the Costa Brava in Spain in October. The couple were fined 60 per parent per child by Bristol City Council on the instruction of their daughters’ school.

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But they didn’t attend a court date to fight the case, and were given fines and costs totalling 950 earlier this month.

A spokesman for the school said headteacher Barbara Daykin was unavailable to comment on the case, but added: “All she has done is follow Government guidance.”

A spokesman for Bristol City Council added: “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.

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“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.”

References

  1. ^ Teacher reveals secret to how he lost 20 STONE in a single year (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Students could face criminal charges over ‘Gossip Girl’ website which discusses sexual exploits of pupils (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ See the school that holds morning raves to get kids in the mood for learning (www.mirror.co.uk)

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