Court fines British woman for removing son from school to attend wedding in St. Lucia

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Court fines British woman for removing son from school to attend wedding in St. Lucia
Frances White, pictured centre, told the court she had contacted the school multiple times.
Frances White, pictured centre, told the court she had contacted the school multiple times.

A mother has been forced to pay £280 after admitting taking her 13-year-old son out of school without permission to attend her wedding in the Caribbean.

Frances White, from Marple, Stockport, took Harrison to St Lucia and he gave her away during the ceremony.

Ms White, 31, speaking at Stockport Magistrates’ Court, said she emailed Marple Hall School a year earlier to ask permission for her son’s absence.

Harrison’s school said permission for holidays can be given “only rarely”.

Ms White said the email was followed by three phone calls, but the school’s head teacher only replied a month before they went away, declining permission for absence.

Harrison missed 11 days of teaching during April while attending the ceremony, which was immediately after the school’s Easter holidays.

The court heard Ms White was initially issued with a £50 fine, which doubled to £100 after she refused to pay the first.

She was then summoned to court.

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