Red light for term time holidays
It had been argued that the effect of such an interpretation would criminalise thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of parents who took their children out of school for the occasional day, or several days, for good reasons but where permission for absence had not been granted by the Head Teacher. The Court’s response was that this problem could be addressed by ‘a sensible prosecution policy’, including the use of fixed penalty notices for offending parents.
The parent concerned in this case – Jon Platt – will now have his case returned to the Magistrates Court with a direction to proceed as if his submission of no case to answer (which the Justices had upheld, as had the Divisional Court) had been rejected.
Clive Sheldon QC and Paul Greatorex appeared in the Supreme Court on behalf of Mr. Platt.