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White and Asian pupils fearful of mixed school merger

In a bold attempt to bridge the racial divide in the town of Oldham, Greater Manchester, two of its most segregated schools are merging.

Race riots in the town almost a decade ago revealed deep divisions between its white and Asian populations. The Home Office said there was "deep-rooted" segregation there, with communities leading "parallel lives".

Many feel little has changed, and some fear the education of Oldham's children could be overshadowed by potential racial conflict.

In the first in the Crossing the Line series of films, Newsnight's Catrin Nye meets pupils at each of the schools.

Broadcast on Thursday 5 August 2010.

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