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Crime pays for catchments

A POTENTIALLY new addition to performance indicators struck us recently during visits to a number of schools in several of our urban sprawls. Asking if one on the periphery of a housing scheme had many parents who were drug addicts or registered methadone users, we were pleasantly surprised to receive a negative response.

"We have no pupils that we know of whose parents are drug addicts," a member of the senior management told us. "In fact we're looked on as quite middle class. It's the drug barons who send their children here."

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