You will find my previous article in the Information pages of this website, here. The 10,000 plus visitors to the page indicate the level of interest in the subject. My concerns about the level of policing of the rules which operate remain, and are now joined by the newer issue of Kent County Council's failure to introduce clearer and unambiguous rules on definition of residence. These rules are defined on page 13 of the Kent Secondary School's prospectus, although this is both a primary and secondary issue. I have put forward an example of such rules in another county which you will find here. I accept these may well not be appropriate in Kent, but they are at least an attempt to resolve the issue and may serve as a useful starting point for revision of the current definition.
I do sense a rising awareness of the issue of fraud, and understand that last year Kent withdrew 12 places, and Medway seven, on these grounds, although my comments on the lack of definition for the place of residence do apply equally to Medway.
The government's School Admissions Code of Practice identifies its main purpose as: "The purpose of the Code is to ensure that all school places for maintained schools (excluding maintained special schools) and Academies are allocated and offered in an open and fair way. The Code has the force of law.....In drawing up their admission arrangements, admission authorities must ensure that the practices and the criteria used to decide the allocation of school places are fair, clear and objective. Parents should be able to look at a set of arrangements and understand easily how places for that school will be allocated". I do not believe that the current arrangements meet this aim.