I went to a grammar school, where the parents had to sign an agreement that we would stay to 16
- the age at which we took O levels (current Year 11) though leaving age was then 15. One girl in our year did leave esrly, don't knw if there would have been a fine for this.
In theory, perhaps - in practice I suspect it would have been an agreement that a mistake had been made, as it were. We also had a girl in my year who left early - a younger version of Joan Baker - and although it was regarded as a bit of a shock and was gossiped about a bit, I don't recall anything about consequences. I also met and talked to her several years later, and she seemed to feel that it had all been dealt with sensibly. Not that that means there might not have been a different outcome in the case you knew of, ivohenry...