School catchment area cheaters.
With places being restricted parents are willing to lie and cheat, to get their offspring into the right school.
There can be as many as ten children vying for one place at some of the more sought after schools.
This is where they can sometimes get a little help from scheming parents. To be in the catchment area you need to be in a restricted geographical location. It is not uncommon for some parents to lie about their home address to one that is in this geographical circle. Parents are warned that to falsify such information.
We refer to these as “School catchment area cheaters.”
An investigation by the Local Government Association found that, out of 31 councils they surveyed, 77 % reported an increase in the numbers of parents found to be lying on school admissions application forms.
How do you show proof of residence?
We were called upon last year during the school holidays by a concerned client who’s child had missed out a place at their school of choice even though they lived in the catchment area.
They explained that they had been reliably informed by someone that one child who had got a place at the school was in fact living at a different address with his parents to the address given on the application form.
It was decided to place the house in Solihull that they were suspected of living in, under constant surveillance from dawn until the lights went out in the property. This would show a number of things such as them exiting in the mornings and entering later in the evening and not exiting the address after lights went out.
Also it would show such things as a change of clothing, entering the address with keys and even bins taken out for collection. All these things would show that they were living at the address. This is a very similar method we use for proof of cohabiting.
Off to work
Each morning we saw dad exit dressed for a day at the office and locking the door behind him and driving away. Later in the day the Mother and children including the child who had got the placement in the school would be seen exiting the house sometimes in pyjamas.
They would drive away for a few hours, returning later. Dad would come home parking his car on the drive and would be seen later in different clothing. Eventually lights would go out downstairs and upstairs and operatives would then go home for the night and return first thing the next morning and start all over again witnessing a very similar pattern.
This was carried out over different sporadic days over a two week period.
Prove living in school catchment area
All this information was logged and put into a detailed report showing our imagery and handed to our client who in turn handed this in to the school. The school was happy that we had proved the successful applicants parents had lied about their home address, the boy had his offer terminated and the clients son was given a place at the school.
© M.R.Investigations. May 2017