Isle of Wight Council vs Platt: father wins school term-time holiday case

Mr Platt was issued with a £60 fixed penalty fine after taking his daughter out of school on holiday to Disney World in April 2015.

He missed the payment deadline and the council doubled the fine to £120, which he refused to pay.

The council prosecuted him for failing to ensure that his daughter attended school regularly, contrary to a section of the Education Act 1996.

Mr Platt successfully argued there was no case to answer as the prosecution had failed to show that the child didn’t attend regularly.

Even with this and other absences, Mr Platt maintains his daughter’s attendance remained above 90% – the threshold for persistent truancy defined by the Department for Education.

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