After a two year battle, Jon Platt has been found guilty.
In May 2016, the father won his appeal against a £120 fine in a high court ruling which was then overturned by the Isle of Wight council.
In April of this year, Jon Platt lost the Supreme Court battle of taking his daughter on holiday during term time.
They ruled that “regular attendance” had to be keeping with rules of the school.
After the Supreme Court made their ruling, the case was returned to the magistrates’ court in the Isle of Wight in which he was found guilty.
Platt was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £2,000 costs plus a £20 surcharge.
Afterwards, Platt admitted he was “relieved that’s it’s over”.
“This has gone on far too long and far to much money has been spent on it by me and the taxpayer,” he said.
Platt said he has spent close to £30,000 on fighting the case, with additional funds covered by legal aid.
Figures disclosed to the Press Association under Freedom of Information laws have shown, as of May 10, the Department for Education had spent close to £140,000 pursuing the legal action.
This landmark decision is likely to affect millions of parents’ decision about taking their children on holidays during term time.
More clarity from the Supreme Court on how much school can be missed before parents are prosecuted will be provided.
A Department for Education spokesperson has said: “The evidence is clear that every extra day of school missed can affect a pupil’s chance of gaining good GCSEs, which has a lasting effect on their life chances.”
“We are clear that children’s attendance at school is non-negotiable so we will now look to change the legislation. We also plan to strengthen statutory guidance to schools and local authorities.”
Source: Huffington Post