A few years ago when my eldest was at an independent I became aware that a girl in her year was on a bursary but lived in a very large detached house in a desirable neighbourhood - the father ran some sort of business. The family looked very prosperous and much, much wealthier than us. I guess he had a brilliant accountant.
I thought of this recently and wondered if gaming the system like this was still goes on or are the schools better at investigating what people's true financial state is? Sorted of related to this I saw on this forum an argument made for some entitlements - bursaries, discounts etc because of a supposed FSM qualification, but in other posts same poster quite happily seeking private one to one tuition. I am a cynic but is strikes me as odd that someone can afford £20+ or more for a tutor, but needs a school meals subsidy.
*My child got through the Sutton grammar exams without tutoring. I will be pretty miffed if he gets passed over for a place by an FSM child of parent/s with an enough disposable income to have had him privately tutored - at a cost of hundred of pounds - before the exam*.
Best not to jump to conclusions as you really don't know their full story. Or do you ?