Thanks for the replies.
I am not personally intending moving, however I can't believe the stress and aggro some parents go through preparing their children for the exams in some cases for years, when one could, with a bit of forward planning, move into a house very close to the school and breeze in.
I take the point about schools tightening up on people trying to cheat the system and rent for a short period and am glad that 'loophole' has been blocked.
However a legitimate move to the area seems like a good bet for those that can do so, short travel to school and guaranteed entry (depending upon proximity).
I disagree with Daogroupie on the move necessarily being disadvantageous to the children, as they can always tutor the children through school both before joining and through the school years, and encourage the children to do well. After all people who are prepared to move to the area for the school are probably motivated to see their children do well!
Still it does seem a bit tough on the rest of us who have to try and get their children well enough prepared to actually stand a chance of gaining a place the hard way!
As to whether it's fair or not? I take your point PushyDad lol !
Although I would like to think I only glisten - even though I'm a bloke!