Mother Faces Fine For Taking Terminally Ill Son, Curtis Ingrouille-Kidd, On 'Last Holiday' During Term-Time

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A mother is being fined for trying to take her terminally-ill son on what could be his last holiday during term time.

Maxine Ingrouille-Kidd could be charged up to £120 and prosecuted if she presses ahead with plans to take Curtis, 13, out of school for the trip.

Her son is a blind quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy and has only been given a few years left to live. He also suffers epileptic fits.

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Doctors have told Maxine he could die any time between the ages of 14 and 19.

She said: "My son is 14 in October and this may well be his last holiday.

"He is never going to have a career, he is going to spend the rest of his life with us looking after him.

"I asked for a holiday request form and was absolutely flabbergasted and shocked when the response was ‘no’."

Maxine, 56, and her husband Peter, had wanted to take the family on a cruise to celebrate the couple's silver wedding anniversary.

Initially they had tried to book it during the school holidays but a disabled cabin was not available.

Maxine said: "I am a law-abiding citizen and this has been very stressful

"The only relaxation he can get is swimming, so a cruise ship with a pool where he can also enjoy the sensory motion of a boat is ideal for him."

The recently deposed education minister, Michael Gove, introduced tougher sanctions for parents who take their children out of school during term-time.

Prior to this parents were able to take children out of school for 10 days a year but are only allowed to do so now in "exceptional circumstances".

John Osman, leader of the local council, said: "This case does sound exceptional. I am keen to talk to the head teacher."

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