The Mail is reporting new research that suggests dozens of primary schools now require children to live within 300 yards of the gate to win a place.
More than 100 schools admitted only pupils living within a two-minute walk last year as competition intensifies for the most popular primaries.
This year, the situation is likely to worsen as the demand for limited places grows following a baby boom fuelled by migration.
Ahead of tomorrow’s deadline for primary school place applications, new data has emerged which show the worst pressure points in the country.
The school with the tightest admission area was Fox Primary School in Kensington and Chelsea, where children must live within 107 yards of the school.
It is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and lists ballerina Darcey Bussell and Tony Benn’s daughter Melissa as former pupils.
It is followed closely by Beech Hyde Primary School and Nursery in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, Dundonald Primary School in Merton, South London, and Cromwell Junior and Infant School and Nursery Class in Birmingham.
The findings come amid mounting evidence that places at the best schools are being taken by children whose parents are rich enough to own properties nearby…
The research was carried out by FindASchool, a new school-checking service run in collaboration with 192.com, which helps parents identify data about local schools.
Founder Ed Rushton said: ‘It’s not just living too far from the school that sees parents missing out on a place – the complexity of the admissions system can also cause problems…’
A catchment area of barely 100 yards is really quite something isn’t it? Would you argue in such a case that the catchment area should be expanded and admissions sorted out by something like a lottery instead?
Please let us know why/why not in the comments or via Twitter…
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