Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.
Cornish Parents Face School Holiday Fines
7:01am 9th September 2013
Some Cornish mums and dads are angry they face fines for taking children on holiday during term time.
Heads have been told only to allow absences in exceptional circumstances.
Parents who go ahead anyway face a charge of £60 per parent, per child.
It is part of a move to drive up standards by ensuring children miss fewer lessons.
But some parents say that means they will not be able to afford a summer break next year, because prices are always higher during the school holidays.
Tony from Launceston has four children. He said: "It's wrong because we take our children normally when it's not the school holidays. It's cheaper, it's not so busy, it's not so hectic. It's more practical for us.
"It's just a way to gather more money.
"There's more than school - they also have their family life. I have to work, my wife has to do her thing. We should be able to choose when we go on holiday and not feel like we're going to be punished for it."
The new move is a particular problem in Cornwall, where so many families are reliant on tourism for income.
That means that many parents find it more difficult to take time off during the school breaks because that is when their business is at its busiest.
Headteacher of Helston Community College Dr Pat McGovern said: "Issuing a penalty notices as a power give to headteachers - it's almost like clamping cars in the car park.
"As a deterrent it will certainly deter some people - but some people will just pay £120 and take students out of college because there is that much more of a saving.
"Children can miss whole chunks of syllabuses because they are not here. But there will exceptional circumstances, particularly here in Cornwall. We have significant numbers of parents who work in the holiday industry themselves and they can not go on holiday during holiday time. Family holidays are important."7:01am 9th September 2013
Share This StoryTweet
Penzance company faces £80,000 fine
It's after they illegally stored waste - including asbestos
PHOTO: Man scales huge Cornish cliff... dog in tow!
He was snapped barefoot near Mawgan Porth
BREAKING: Man falls into mud as tide comes in
Cornwall News: He had to be rescued from a river in Truro
Scan showing brain age can predict early death, study finds
National News: Neuroscientists say they can predict whether or not someone will die young simply by scanning their brains.
Silence Of The Lambs director Jonathan Demme dies aged 73
Showbiz News: Film director Jonathan Demme has died aged 73, his publicist has confirmed.
Trump is 'milking the North Korea crisis for all it is worth'
World News: Donald Trump seems to have recognised North Korea as a defining issue of his presidency.
Maria Sharapova wins first match after return to tennis from doping ban
Sports News: Former world number one Maria Sharapova has won her first match after returning to tennis following a doping ban.
'Muddy' men's jeans on sale for £330 at Nordstrom in US
Strange News: US clothing chain Nordstrom has launched a line of 'dirty' jeans which come with a 'crackled, caked-on muddy coating'.
Adult Care Cuts: Cornwall Council Starts Consultations
Cornwall News: More people could face bigger bills for care