'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.

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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.