Kerry Katona pleads guilty to failing to send her child to school

He added: ‘She has not had childcare and has had to take her children with her. She understands she should have maintained better contact with the school.

‘Her financial situation is not great. She was subject to bankruptcy. She is anxious to provide for her children.’

Gareth Jones, who was prosecuting on behalf of the education authority, said: ‘Miss Katona met with council and discussed the importance of her child attending school. Unfortunately attendance got worse and went down to 48 per cent.

‘We wanted to make it clear how important it is that the child attends school.’

The former Atomic Kitten star had been charged with failing to ensure one of her five children attended school regularly between April 2018 and November 2018.

At the previous court hearing on 6 March, Kerry argued that the case should not be allowed to be reported, as it would affect her mental health.

Ramon Pape, defending, said: ‘Miss Katona has a significant and enduring mental illness. She is bipolar and these proceedings are stressful to her.’

She also asked that reporting restrictions be applied that would prevent the identification of her child.

While it was ruled that Katona’s case can be reported on, the child can not be identified.

The Celebs Go Dating star was accused of the same charge in 2017 after taking her family to Barbados and failing to pay a fine; however, she claimed their dad planned the trip.

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