A MANCHESTER couple who were fined £240 after taking their chidren on an ‘educational’ tour of Spain during school term time, have won their appeal against the decision.
Arguing that holidays during the peak summer season were far too expensive, Neil Hynes and Hannah Manchester were able to convince the civil court that the trip with their primary age children offered important educational value and wasnt simply a spontaneous jaunt into the sun.
“We don’t take the boys out of school for just any old reason,” said Ms Manchester, “but we’re very confident that the outstanding attendance of both our boys, and the broader educational value of our planned trip meant it was acceptable on this occasion.”
The couple had embarked on an extensive trip with their two sons, Isaak, 10, and Liam, six, taking in the capital Madrid, Murcia, and Granada.
“The trip delivered all of that including a visit to a capital city, important landmarks, art galleries and museums not to mention of course exposure to Spanish as a language which Isaak studies at school”, explained the boys’ mother.
The fine was quickly withdrawn and now the pair are calling upon other parents to stand up for their rights, while retaining responsibility for their childrens education.
Manchester’s Local Education Authority has not commented on whether the couple’s success in effect means that a trip to Spain is educationally superior to sitting in a drab classroom studying arithmetic.