She's got what it takes

25th July 1997 at 01:00
We will all recognise the first person capable of teaching teachers how to maintain discipline. He or she will drive about the country in a Rolls-Royce and spend their time signing thousands of copies of the world best-seller, Classroom Discipline.

When a lady joined our school, we were all united from the headteacher down that she wouldn't last a week - hence she wasn't even allocated a proper classroom. A week later the hardest boys in the school used to wait for her in the car park in order to carry her bags into school, and naturally, open doors for her. She was casual with her personal possessions, but one of our most accomplished thieveshousebreakers commented: "Nicking from her isn't the problem - it's staying alive if the other kids find out."

DENNIS SINCLAIR

5 Alexandra Road Pudsey West Yorkshire

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