Gumshoes hunt admission cheats

28th October 2005 at 01:00
Having recently re-located from Harpenden in Hertfordshire to Norwich I have realised that parents who are prepared to cheat to get their offspring into the school of their choice are not confined to the affluent home counties.

Renting a property in the catchment area of a "good" school to use the address, not live in the property, is the latest scam.

Heads are insisting on proof of residence and even employ private detectives to check out new pupils in the catchment area. Some parents are changing their religion if that is necessary to get the " best" school for their children.

Does Ruth Kelly really think busing children from the council estate to the beacon school will help? If the Government are daft enough to go down this road then parents with money will re-locate, come up with a better scam, or send children to the ever increasing number of private schools which this government has encouraged with their madcap education policies.

Tony Callaghan

57 Portland Street, Norwich

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