Parents of Bordon truant teen in court.
A MOTHER and father have been found guilty of allowing their daughter to be a truant from Mill Chase school.
For almost two months, the Bordon couple, who can’t be named for legal reasons, allowed the 13-year-old girl to skip lessons and miss school, North Hampshire Magistrates in Aldershot heard.
After hearing submissions from various authorities, magistrates found the couple guilty of failing to ensure their daughter went to school. Magistrates also issued a warrent for arrest without bail for the mother at the hearing on Tuesday, September 4.
The court heard the parents had failed to give adequate reasons why the girl was absent between Monday, April 16, and last day of July. Magistrates, police, Hampshire County Council Education Authority and Social Services were alerted after she failed to show up at Mill Chase Technology College regularly.
Head teacher Jackie Adams said: “Mill Chase has a zero tolerence policy when it comes to truancy, and supports Hampshire County Council in their drive for high standards of attendance as we know how important it is for the success of every child.
“Mill Chase does have a good attendance record thanks to the hard work of parents, students and staff at the school. This is an isolated case, but one that shows the school’s dedication in maintaining the highest of standards when it comes to our pupils’ academic careers.”
A date has yet to be set for the couple to reappear before magistrates for sentencing.
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