Richmond is taking a hard line against well intentioned parents who fudge the truth to get their children into better schools. In the last year, the borough has had to deal with about 50 parents who lied about their addresses to give their children an edge at popular state schools.
While it is perfectly legal for a family to move to the catchment area to improve the child's odds of getting into the school, applications with fake addresses are not acceptable. The education authority will now be cross-checking applications with other council departments. Kids who are admitted on creative applications face getting chucked out of the school.
Of course all parents only want what's best for their children, but Richmond councillor Malcolm Eady is encouraging parents to be realistic about that 'what's best.'
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