A BRIT couple have vowed to take their son to Glastonbury – even if it means a fine from his school.
Wayne Morrison, 29, and Victoria Martin, 30, of Preston, Lancs, regularly attend festivals with their son Spencer, 10.
Next year’s music event will be their tenth as a family and they’ve managed to go every year without Spencer missing any classes.
But Glastonbury 2020 – its 50th anniversary – falls before the school holidays start.
Wayne said: “I hope the school can get their heads around it, but if they decide to fine us then I’m happy to pay it.
“It’s our job and responsibility to bring Spencer up as best we can. School is only a small part of that, and if he had an important exam then he would absolutely be in that exam.
“He hasn’t missed a day of school in years and he can catch up on the work before and after if need be.
“He plays guitar so it’s a massive thing for him and we’ve always been to festivals as a family. The 50th anniversary of Glasto is literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing that I just don’t want him to miss.
“The school have been good with him so far and hopefully they’ve more sense than some of the others I’ve come across when looking into this.”
I hope the school can get their heads around it, but if they decide to fine us then I’m happy to pay it. It’s our job and responsibility to bring Spencer up as best we can. School is only a small part of that, and if he had an important exam then he would absolutely be in that exam.
Dad Wayne Morrison
Mum Victoria added: “School education is obviously very important but some life experiences are more important – they help you grow as a person.”
Schools will generally take action against parents if there is a holiday in term time without permission being granted in advance by the head teacher.
Action from the council or the school can include a Parenting Order, an Education Supervision Order, a School Attendance Order or a fine of £60 per parent.
Earlier this year, a mum from Surrey who took her two children to Glastonbury Festival was hit with a fine.
Rachel Bailey said: “We sort of expected it would happen, but I know some other people who have said that some schools have been OK with children going to Glastonbury.
“My children had just done their mock exams – I didn’t want them to miss anything important, which they didn’t.”
Lancashire County Council said each application for authorised absence was taken on merit.
A funeral of a relative was cited as an example of when absence might be granted.
County Councillor Phillippa Williamson, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, said: “It would be inappropriate to comment on idividual cases however schools have a very clear policy, based on government guidance, regarding the authorisation of leave.
“The decision to authorise absence or not rests with the headteacher of the particular school.
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“Schools work closely with parents to understand the reasons for the request. Each request is always taken on its merits.
“School attendance is given high priority in Lancashire schools and rightly so, as every day counts in each pupil’s education.
“However our aim throughout is not to punish parents but to ensure that children and young people attend school and receive a good education.”
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