Middle-class parents are unwittingly landing their children in the worst primary schools because they are being too ambitious on application forms, experts have warned.
The Good Schools Guide says parents who are ‘naive’ about the system list too many unrealistic choices in the hope of securing a dream school – and often end up with none of them.
Councils then see this as an opportunity to dump children in an under-subscribed school instead.
Admissions experts at the directory of the UK’s best state and private schools urge parents to list at least one ‘safe bet’ on forms to prevent their child slipping to the bottom of the pile.
They also point out that parents should not necessarily judge schools on Ofsted ratings – as some described as ‘outstanding’ have not been inspected for over a decade. Read more