Mum fined after refusing to pay £40 for daughter’s extravagant school trips

A notoriously strict school has fined a parent who stopped her daughter taking part in two paid-for activity days held to 'celebrate students hard work'.

Magna Academy cancelled lessons on the last two days of the summer term and instead arranged activities including skiing lessons and a visit to a water park.

But parents were expected to fund these outings, which cost up to £40 each.

The mother of a 13-year-old girl did not conform to the two days of fun and kept her daughter off school, saying she found the costs 'very expensive' and unfair on families with less money.

She has since been contacted by the academy in Poole, Dorset, to tell her she will be fined £60 and her daughter will have to attend school on Saturdays to make up the lost time.

The parent, who did not wish to be named, said: "I would prefer to take my daughter to activities like this myself during the summer holiday and some of them are very expensive.

"Those who don't want to fork out a lot of money will be left walking around the heath or doing puzzles at school while their friends are skiing or doing water sports.

"The school should have broken up last Friday. It is totally wrong that she's being asked to make up the hours on Saturdays and I've been given a fine.

"It's absolutely ridiculous. One minute they're being very strict, then the next they think it's fine to cancel two whole days of lessons."

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