Parents Fined by Manchester School After Taking Son to Crete Wedding

A mother from Manchester has been fined £120 after she took her son to Greece during the school term time, so he could attend his grandmother’s wedding.

Vicky Armitage has slammed the decision of her son’s school and the local authority; which deemed the trip as not constituting an ‘exceptional circumstance’.

Her eight-year-old son Toby was ring-bearer at the family event, which was held on the island of Crete where his grandmother Tricia lives.

The youngster; from Mossley, Greater Manchester, flew out with the rest of his family in July, missing the last two weeks of the school year.

But the school council did not deem the visit as an “exceptional circumstance”, thus fining the family. “My family consider a wedding very important,” said Mrs. Armitage. “My mother lives in Crete, I get to see her once maybe twice a year, if she can come to us. This was a very big deal for us.”

Ms Armitage says she only received a letter from Tameside Council informing her of the fine on Friday, three months after they returned back home.

The mother said she intended to appeal the decision of Milton St John’s Primary School, but claims she was never given the opportunity.

She has now been informed that she must pay up before November 24, or risk being fined double.

Source: Daily Mail