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TERM-TIME HOLIDAY DAD FINED
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A father who fought for the right to take his 6-year-old daughter out of school for a holiday has been convicted and fined. NEW

Jon Platt was found guilty of failing to secure his daughter's regular attendance.

He had taken her to Florida during the school term without authorisation.

It is the end of a long-running legal battle which has divided opinions.

The case has implications for parents wanting to take their children out of school for ski holidays when prices are cheaper.

Platt was given a 12-month conditional discharge and a £2,000 fine when he appeared before the Isle of Wight magistrates.

He had earlier won in the High Court but the ruling in his favour was overturned by the country's top court - the Supreme Court - in April.

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Platt had argued that he was entitled to take his daughter out of school for seven days in 2015 because she had a good attendance record.

The school disagreed and fined him £120 for the unauthorised absence.

He refused to pay and launched his legal fight which ended in failure on Friday.

Giving the judgment, the Isle of Wight magistrate Jeannie Walker said the case had cost taxpayers £140,000.

Platt said he was disappointed by his conviction but glad it was all over.

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