Supreme Court Grants leave to Appeal in Term-Time Holiday Case


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Posted on 22 Dec 2016

The Supreme Court has granted Isle of Wight Council leave to appeal the High Court’s decision in the case of Jon Platt, the father unsuccessfully prosecuted after he took his child out of school for a family holiday to Florida. 

The High Court agreed with Mr Platt that his daughter had not failed to attend school regularly. Whether she had attended school regularly could not be determined solely by reference to the period of absence on holiday. It had to be looked at in a wider context. His daughter’s overall attendance record in the relevant academic year was 90.2% and the local authority’s documents indicated that attendance of 90-95% was satisfactory. It could not therefore be said that her attendance was not regular.

The issue will now be determined by the Supreme Court which hopes to schedule the appeal hearing for a date in the first quarter of 2017.

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