A dad who was prosecuted for taking his daughter on holiday during term time has won a landmark legal battle.Jon Platt, 44, took his seven-year-old daughter to Disney World in Florida after her school refused permission for the eight-day trip. When he insisted he would not pay a £120 fine he was ordered to attend court.
His lawyer argued that the law only required parents to ensure their children attend school “regularly” and does not restrict them from taking term time holidays. Divorcee Mr Platt, of Nettlestone, Isle of Wight, took his two daughters, aged seven and 10, to Florida.
Magistrates decided Mr Platt had no case to answer shortly before he was due to face trial. The decision could have implications for thousands of parents who take their children out of school during term time.
Mr Platt said: “I’ve had lots of messages from people, asking me ‘what is the loophole here?’ But there is no loophole, the law just says your children must attend regularly. I had to prove nothing – they just had to prove my child’s attendance was not regular. Her attendance for the whole of the last school year was nearly 94%. I don’t know where the threshold is but quite frankly parents need to decide for themselves.”