A mum from East Worldham has been fined in court after failing to make sure her child attended school regularly.

Her 14-year-old daughter is alleged to have not attended a school in Winchester regularly between January 3 and April 26 this year.

The mum, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was proved guilty in her absence at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on July 11.

She was fined £440 and ordered to pay a £44 surcharge and £150 court costs.

The Education Act 1996 underscores the duty of parents to ensure their school-age children receive proper education. This involves consistent attendance and punctuality as prescribed by the school.

Under Section 576 of the Act, anyone responsible for a child's care, regardless of parental status, is deemed legally accountable for attendance.

Non-compliance can lead to prosecution under Section 444(1) of the Act. If parents knowingly allow non-attendance, more serious charges (Section 444(1)(a)) can apply.

Convictions under Section 444(1) may result in £1,000 fines. For knowingly allowing non-attendance, fines up to £2,500 and up to three months' imprisonment are possible. Other penalties like Parenting or Community Orders could apply.