Parents are demanding answers after secondary school pupils claimed a "40-year-old man" had joined their class.

The student is thought to have travelled to the UK without documentation before being placed in an upper year group at the school.

More than 70 parents have responded to a Facebook post with his picture, with many saying they will take the matter further.

One told the Metro : "Pupils were coming home saying there’s a man in our class, some were even saying they reckoned he could be aged up to 40.

"He has a thin hair line and apparently he has no birth certificate or passport. He might be the right age, he might not. Either way parents would like some clarity."

Coventry city council sent a letter to parents saying all necessary procedures had been followed in checking the age of the new starter.

It reads: "All Local Authorities and Trusts are obliged to work within the guidance as set out by the Department for Education and also immigration processes.

"When pupils arrive in England and present an application for a school place, we (Local Authorities and Schools) are obliged to process these applications.

"If there are concerns or doubts regarding a pupil’s age at the time of application, schools and Local Authorities are able to ask for further evidence in the form of Birth Certificates and Passports.

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"However, please note, on some rare occasions if pupils arrive as asylum seekers and alone, i.e. without parents, these may not always be available."

A spokesperson for the school said: "While it is inappropriate to comment on individual pupils, we can confirm we have clear procedures in place in conjunction with the local authority to ensure all of our pupils have the right to attend and learn [at the school].

"Where a pupil from overseas applies for a school place, we follow the guidance set out by the Department for Education and, where necessary, seek evidence, in the form of a birth certificate and passport to confirm the pupil’s identity and age.

"I want to reassure parents we have followed all the correct procedures regarding the identity of all pupils placed on the school roll."

In November 2018, an asylum seeker was suspended from a secondary school in Ipswich after an investigation by the local authority verified he was over the age of 18.

The man’s Year 11 classmates at Stoke High School raised the alarm, saying on social media that they believed he was as old as 30.

A Home Office spokesman said at the time: "If an individual is assessed to be under 18 but subsequent concerns about their age are raised – for example, by a school – we will act quickly to reconsider the case."

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