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Lad's family fined pounds 150.

PARENTS of a Northumberland schoolboy have been fined for failing to make sure he attends school regularly.

Bedlington Crown Court heard the attendance of the 15-year-old, who is on the pupil roll at Blyth Community College, turned up for less than a quarter of his classes in a full school year.

The careless parents had already failed to pay a fixed penalty notice over the teenager's attendance, which was thought to be as low as 23%.

The couple were ordered to pay pounds 150 including costs.

The prosecution was brought by Northumberland County Council.

Senior education welfare officer Steve Lister said: "Prosecutions are the last resort but we hope it will make parents understand they have a responsibility to ensure their child gets the most out of school by attending regularly."

Prosecutions are the final sanction employed against parents who don't make sure their children attend school regularly.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 22, 2009
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