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One minute he was a humble punter trying to peek up Debbie Harry's skirt at a Hammersmith Odeon gig, the next he was the owner of the venue which was to steal the Odeon's crown. If Simon Parkes' autobiography – full of raucous tales and Geezer-speak – is ever made into a film, it will be fun trying to find an actor who can do him justice. When he wants to sound hard, he can sometimes come across like Ray Winstone. But would Ray Winstone ever have banked at Coutts?

More university admissions tests on the way

Universities could increasingly introduce their own admissions tests for sixth-formers as a result of the Government's decision to break the link between AS and A-levels, it has been suggested.

David Cameron: 'I don't know the price of value bread - I have a breadmaker'

The Prime Minister was asked by radio host to prove he understands the living costs for ordinary voters

Tim Hands, chairman of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, is ‘deeply sceptical’ about politicians running the education system

Headmaster rails against 'social leprosy' stigma of private school education

Parents are being made to feel guilty about sending their children to private schools because the move is increasingly likened to “social leprosy”, a leading headmaster has claimed.

Racing pundit John McCririck arrives at Victory House for his employment tribunal hearing

'There's nobody better around': Racing pundit John McCririck tackles Channel 4 over age discrimination

73-year-old claims he lost his job with broadcaster purely based on his age

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University blues: Why this Bullingdon snap is just the beginning for depressing news about Oxford’s narrow demographic

Freshers starting at Oxford have more to worry about than the Bullers

Exonerated landlord Christopher Jefferies calls for arrested people to be anonymous till charged

'Police do realise just how much distress can be caused' he says after apology letter in wake of Joanna Yeates murder inquiry

Revealed: Private equity firms are making millions out of failing children’s care homes - yet care for vulnerable is 'unacceptable'

Review launched after Rochdale child-grooming scandal discovers that 63 privately owned homes did not meet the Government’s minimum standards

Harrow: a Very British School

TV review - Harrow: a Very British School, Sky1

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The Olivier Theatre at Bedales

IGCSE numbers rise dramatically as independent schools ditch rival

Many heads consider it offers better preparation for tackling A-levels than GCSEs

Gilbert Taylor: Cinematographer who worked with Hitchcock, Kubrick, Polanski and Lucas

Born before the First World War and behind a camera before the silents had quite had their final say, Gilbert Taylor, who has died at the age of 99, was not only the last surviving link to the early days of British film-making, but also one of our biggest boasts. He achieved wonderful things for Kubrick, Hitchcock, the Boultings and Polanski, laid the ground rules for shooting the Star Wars films, and strove constantly to achieve realism without sacrificing beauty.

Boys make their way to classes at Eton

Revealed: 50% of British parents would not send their kids to private school - even if they didn’t have to pay fees

Families in London least likely to send their children to state schools

'Posh' tells the story of public school boys behaving badly

The middle class bias at the heart of our education system is devastating

The UK university system is not the meritocracy it purports to be, Harriet Williamson believes

Sparky Sweets PhD

Thug Notes: YouTube comic brings literary Classics to the masses hip-hop style

Sparky Sweets' self-styled "gangster" approach to education is bringing books like Jane Eyre and To Kill a Mockingbird to new audiences. Miranda Dobson meets him

Private school pupils continue to dominate at top universities

State school leavers are still vastly outnumbered at Britain's best universities

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