Parent fined for daughter not taking part in end-of-term activities
Magna Academy in Poole has been in the news today over the fining of a parent who refused to send her daughter to school to take part in two activity days at the end of the term. The regular timetable was suspended and replaced with the activities, some of which cost over £40. As a result, the parent has to pay £60, and her daughter must make up the missed hours during Saturdays next term.
Beverley Watkins, Education Solicitor, said "the decision by Magna Academy in Poole really is madness. It is unacceptable for parents to be asked to pay a large amount of money for their children to take part in activities. Many families will not be able to afford the expensive activities on offer, and this is simply unfair on the children. Enrichment activities should be free to all those who want to take part."
For more details, read the article in the Bournemouth Daily Echo here.
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