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Increase in fines for school absences at Clacton schools
3:00pm Sunday 13th October 2013 in News
AN improvement in school grades in Clacton has in part been attributed to an increase in parents being fined for taking their children on holiday during term time.
Schools have the power to hand out penalty notices if children are taken out of school for more than five days or during key exam periods.
The amount of offences increased by more than a third in 2012/13 compared to the previous school year.
Penalty notices were handed to parents 33 times due to absences at Clacton County High School - the second highest number in the county.
Jeff Brindle, principal of the school, said the number of penalty notices handed to parents have led to improvements in exam scores.
“I was unaware that our penalty notices are higher than other schools, but it partly explains why our attendance has improved so significantly in recent years,” he said.
“Last month we were recognised as the most improved school in Essex in terms of overall attendance.
“The significant improvements we have seen in our examination outcomes can be directly linked to these overall improvements in attendance.”
Parents of pupils at Clacton Coastal Academy saw the fourth highest number of fines across the county.