Term-Time Holidays: Jon Platt Wins Appeal Against Fine In Landmark High Court Ruling

A dad has won his  appeal against term-time holiday fines in a landmark High Court ruling, which could determine if parents are able to take their children out of school for a holiday.

Jon Platt, 44, from Nettlestone on the Isle of Wight, was fined £120 for taking his seven-year-old daughter on an unauthorised holiday to Disney World in Florida in April 2015.

Platt fought the decision, claiming he should avoid punishment because his daughter has an exemplary attendance record. 

“I hadn’t committed a criminal offence. The law simply says your children must attend school regularly and mine have,” he explained on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

Platt was cleared by Isle of Wight magistrates, but the council took the case to the High Court to seek clarification on what constitutes regular…

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