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In the novel Towards Zero, Meadway is a school in Maidstone, Kent. Miss Amphrey is the successful headmistress, who runs the school with enlightened and up to date techniques, combining discipline with modern ideas of self-determination, with a emphasis on psychology. Early in the novel, Superintendent Battle is summoned to the school because his daughter Sylvia, one of the pupils in the school, had confessed to a spate of thefts. Another pupil mentioned in the text is Olive Parsons.

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