Doncaster family face court threat after Olivia misses school while mum is in hospital

Lee Wilson aand his wife Leanne are upset after being issued with a penalty notice for Olivia being out of school when Leanne was admitted in hospital. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 17-04-15 MC 5
Lee Wilson aand his wife Leanne are upset after being issued with a penalty notice for Olivia being out of school when Leanne was admitted in hospital. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP 17-04-15 MC 5

A mum has been threatened with legal action after being rushed into hospital and unable to take her daughter to school.

Leanne Wilson, of Washington Road, Woodlands, was rushed into hospital with pancreatitis and sent eight-year-old daughter Olivia to stay with family in Scunthorpe, who were unable to do the school run.

Leanne spent two weeks in hospital battling the serious condition where the pancreas becomes inflamed.

But despite informing staff at St Joseph & St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School and providing medical notes the family are facing a fine of up to £120 or prosecution.

Leanne, of Washington Road, Woodlands, who is also mum to two-year-old Ronnie, said: “I’m absolutely disgusted, I find it diabolical.

“I kept the school informed about the situation all the way along but because my daughter went back to school and said she had been on holiday to her nanna and grandad’s they classed it as an unauthorised absence.

“Scunthorpe isn’t exactly what I’d call a holiday destination.”

The youngster missed two weeks of school as her grandparents were unable to make the 70-mile a day round trip to the Woodlands school due to transport problems and work commitments.

Leanne said: “My mum works and my dad can’t drive. My husband Lee was working away so there was no alternative.

“I even paid for a doctor’s note as proof but they still wouldn’t do anything.

“Olivia is really upset about it too because she thinks she’s got us into trouble.”

Leanne said Olivia had always had a good attendance record and had been awarded a certificate for 100 per cent attendance just weeks before the incident.

The incident happened between November 17 and January 9.

A letter sent said the family had a deadline of last Friday to pay £60 fine, which increases to £120 after the date – and if the fine is not paid the family face prosecution.

The school were unavailable for comment.