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magnet school

a school in a locale which tends to attract more parents/pupils than any other(s). The main reason for its drawing power is often hard to identify but is commonly linked to social class. A school which already has a more middle-class roll will tend to attract even more middle class entrants at the expense of other  school(s) which then experience both falling rolls and a skewing of social mix.