CHILDREN without a primary school place are being sent to live on an island without adult supervision.
Education secretary Michael Gove said text messages from the uncharted island showed arrivals were enjoying robust outdoor activities free from stifling health-and-safety regulations.
Gove said: The children have already organised themselves into two groups, the Weak Little Piggies and the Skullface Comanche Hunters, probably in order to play traditional competitive sports.
A coastguard pilot reported seeing cage-like structures on the beach, which are probably half-finished huts. He also saw a large game of cowboys and Indians going on, with children chasing each other across the island with homemade weapons.
This is real Swallows and Amazons stuff. Last night they built an enormous bonfire and the screams of excitement could be heard on the mainland.
Parent Donna Sheridan said: I was mortified when our daughter Lucy couldnt get into the local primary school, so thank God a place on the deserted island came up.
We were worried she might not fit in, but when we spoke to her on the phone she said she was Chief Interrogator of the Flesh Eaters now, so it looks like we neednt have worried!
Father-of-two Tom Logan said: I was a bit concerned when I got a text message from my son Kevin mentioning that the former school bully had been made into shoes.
But at least hes getting some exercise instead of sitting in front of that blasted X-Box playing violent video games.”