Letter: When approval means truancy

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Sir: I was amused to read that Strathmore School in Richmond- upon-Thames has a 'truancy' rate of 33 per cent.

Strathmore School is an excellent local school catering for children with severe mental and associated physical disabilities. Does John Patten provide special transport for these children to enable them to truant, or is this just another example of his own and the Government's incompetence?

Yours faithfully,


Richmond, Surrey

18 November