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PARENTS UNITE IN FIGHT AGAINST UNFAIR SCHOOL PLACES

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Parents in school admissions black spots are forming campaign groups against families that cheat to gain offers, re...
Parents in school admissions black spots are forming campaign groups against families that cheat to gain offers, reports the Independent (p5).

The groups' anger is directed at schools, local authorities and parents who use devious means to snatch places in over subscribed schools, such as giving false addresses within key catchment areas and falsely claiming religious beliefs.

Parents also want new legislation to overturn the so called Greenwich judgment which obliged local authorities to accept children from outside their boundaries into their local schools.

Michael Waller, of Watford and South Herts Parents Group, told the paper: 'I and my fellow parents have no problem with schools attracting pupils from outside of the area to improve the standard of education available to all but that should not happen at the expense of local families.'
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