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.
The plan was for a good school, but 4-year-old Lily Hurst and her family lost out on all of their choices, including a school 400 yards away
Around one in seven children have missed out on their parents' first choice of primary school amid a continuing squeeze on places.
A guide to what you can do if your child doesn't get a place at your chosen primary school.