Not just here, in the United Kingdom as well.
A common charge from academy criticsânotably teachersâ unionsâis 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. Itâs better than primary school here, says a 12 year old: âPeople respect you.â