Quote of the week

5th January 2001 at 00:00
'I'm a single parent and a lot of my pupils come from single parent families. I know they have difficulties and I understand; but I won't accept it as an excuse.'

Shron Hollows, head of Calverton primary school, Newham, east London, who became a Dame in the New Year's honours list, talking about turning around her school.

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