Have to say I did it - completly dumbed down, lost my "posh" accent and enjoyed a very seedy teenage lfe. Came out of it at sixth form, did really well at A levels and went to very good univeristy etc etc.
Thanks for that Karin. Its nice to know there is possibly light at the end of the tunnel. My child (who is popular - voted class rep on school council, good at sport, bright academically etc) has decided to join the 'naughty' children in his class because it looks like 'fun'. Fortunately the head of year has picked up on the slipping grades and has had a long talk with him about 'the future being in his hands', 'shouldn't waste his talents' etc which has had some impact on behaviour and effort put into his work although I have discovered that as soon as I take my eye off the ball he slips again. I suppose its all part of growing up and this is normal teenage behaviour but its tough on us parents and yes I like to think we are nice middle class people who want our son the be successful.