A SCHOOL governor who whisked his daughter away to the Costa del Sol during term-time is facing the wrath of angry parents on top of fines.
Paul Lowton, 42, deliberately ignored anti-truancy laws to take his family on a two week holiday in southern Spain.
His 13-year-old daughter missed eleven days at Macclesfield School, meaning they returned home to fixed penalty notices of £60 for him and his wife Emma, issued by the local education authority.
The father-of-five has now claimed travelling during term time saved him £5,000, angering many parents of children at the school who struggle to afford the increased costs of summer holidays.
Mr Lowton also claimed he had wanted his daughter to visit his close friend and foster Father who has cancer.
When they failed to pay the fines, the couple were ordered to attend Magistrates Court in Macclesfield.
They were each ordered to pay double the original fine plus £70 in costs after admitting a charge of failing to ensure a child of compulsory school age attended school regularly.
Mr Lowton is now facing a disciplinary investigation from Macclesfield School, where, as governor, he has been helping to promote truancy policy.