Complaints to watchdog rise

There has been a 50 per cent rise in the number of complaints about local authority handling of education admission appeals, according to the Local Government Ombudsman annual report.

Patrica Thomas, North of England ombudsman, said: "In one case a headteacher wrongly encouraged parents to believe their appeal would succeed. In another the head told parents of unsuccessful appeals that the school could actually admit more children, while another headteacher went ahead and admitted the child of an unsuccessful applicant."

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