No resting on their Laurels

2nd March 2001 at 00:00
"Girls appear happy as do parents." Thus the troubled, moribund, soon-to-be-amalgamated Laurel Park School in Glasgow is summed up in the latest edition of the Good Schools Guide.

The eclectic guide, which is stronger on the independent than the state sector and purports to reveal what schools' prospectuses do not, adds that Laurel Park is "super" if you want single-sex schooling - a pity for those families now finding it less than super to be shipped off to oeducational Hutchesons'.

The guide is quirky. It notes that Elizabeth Surber, Laurel Park's headteacher, came to the school "with a husband and a cocker spaniel". But while the introduction asks readers to read between the lines because it has at times to be "mealy-mouthed", one judgment has proved prophetic.

Under entrance requirements, it states: "Bums on seats rather than particularly selective". Not enough bums, as things have turned out.

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