Not just here, in the United Kingdom as well.
A common charge from academy criticsâ€”notably teachersâ€™ unionsâ€”is that they practise selection on the sly by excluding difficult pupils. Early on, Paddington did expel some pupils from the old school, but now takes hard cases itself. At a morning meeting, staff discussed the progress of a new pupil rejected by all neighbouring schools: it went well, they agreed, considering it was his first day out of prison. Yet students feel safe. Itâ€™s better than primary school here, says a 12 year old: â€śPeople respect you.â€ť