A FURTHER five parents have been called to court and charged with failing to ensure their children attended school in Bradford earlier this academic year.

Four mothers and one father were called to Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court last month in prosecutions by Bradford Council.

They have all be charged with being the parent of a child of compulsory school age registered at a school who failed to attend regularly.

Three had the charges against them found proven and were fined hundreds of pounds each.

The first, a mother, failed to ensure her daughter attended primary school between September and October last year, and was fined £660 and ordered to pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £66 and costs of £150, for a total penalty of £876.

The second parent, also a mother, was handed the same penalty after it was proved she failed to ensure her teenage daughter attended school between November and December last year in Bradford.

The woman was ordered to pay a total penalty of £876, made up of a £660 fine, costs of £150, and a £66 victim surcharge.

The third mother failed to ensure her teenage daughter was in school between September and November last year, it was found proven in court.

She received the same £876 penalty of a £660 fine, £66 victim surcharge and £150 costs.

Two other parents also appeared in court last month on these charges, but no verdict was reached.

One, a mother who allegedly failed to send her son to primary school between September and October, had her case adjourned until later this month for a ‘non-standard reason’ and will have to return to court.

The other, a father who allegedly failed to ensure his teenage daughter was at school in October last year, was required to attend a further hearing this month on the charges.

None of the parents can be named for legal reasons.