The school the Tories built

At Michaela Community School, discipline is so vital that even the parents are treated with zero tolerance. Richard Vaughan meets the woman behind a very Conservative institution.


Standing at the front desk of Michaela Community School, the receptionist hands over an exhaustive list of “dos and don’ts” for all of Michaela “guests”. Among them are instructions not to “demonstrate disbelief to pupils when they say they like their school”, “talk in lessons” and, bizarrely, “hide in the toilets to make long phone calls on your mobile and keep your guides waiting”.


Britain’s strictest school? The note says this is because sometimes “guests are not sure of how to behave at Michaela”. It seems entirely in keeping for a place billed by the media as “Britain’s strictest school” that even the visitors are whipped into line.


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