'One fifth' tried to charm staff for school place

A little over a fifth (22%) of parents have tried to be friendly to education staff while visiting a prospective primary school in a bid to secure a place for their child, a survey has found.

A poll conducted by parenting website Netmums revealed:

  • More than a fifth (21.2%) had bought a house closer to their favoured school, while a further 17% had rented somewhere nearby.
  • Around one in six (16.2%) of mothers and fathers had started thinking about primary schools when their child was still under one.
  • A further 9.3% considering it when they were expecting.
  • Some 6.9% thinking about the issue before they fell pregnant.


Thousands of children miss out on primary school places

Thousands of children have missed out on their parents' first choice of primary school amid a continuing squeeze on places. Around one in seven children have missed out on their first choice.