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Bribes for admissions

A third of heads have been offered bribes or threatened by parents trying to get their children a place at their schools, a BBC survey of 100 leading English primaries has found.

Beverley Feather, head of Clare House school, in Bromley, Kent, said she was offered pound;3,000 to ignore the fact that the parents' address was outside her catchment area. Clare Griffiths, head of Parkview primary, in Derby, said she had been offered pound;2,000 by one parent, while another had threatened her if she refused to accept his child.

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