Tuesday, December 27, 2011

School admissions fraud rises in race for best places

Rising numbers of parents are committing suspected admissions fraud in an attempt to cheat children’s way into the most sought-after state schools, figures show.

Data obtained by The Daily Telegraph suggests that around 420 mothers and fathers entered false information on school application forms to secure access to the best primaries and secondaries this year.

In most cases, families living miles from schools used grandparents’ and friends’ addresses within catchment areas or temporarily rented property within walking distance to secure places.

Other parents falsely claimed children had been baptised to get them into faith schools and some councils even reported examples of adults attempting to enrol infants in primary school before they were old enough.

In all, more than 700 children are believed to have had their school place withdrawn over the last five years after mothers and fathers submitted false data on forms.

The disclosure comes amid intense competition for places. Read More