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This is a list of episodes in Sprooklyn School with a brief description.
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Summary Edit

Series Episodes Originally aired DVD release date (Region 2)
Series premiere Series finale Autumn Term Spring Term Complete Series
1 8 9 March 2006 27 April 2006 Template:N/a Template:N/a 26 March 2008
2 12 18 January 2007 26 April 2007 Template:N/a Template:N/a 10 March 2008
3 20 7 October 2007 13 March 2008 2 March 2009 11 May 2009 24 May 2010
4 20 7 January 2009 20 May 2009 21 September 2009 26 April 2010 18 October 2010
5 20 28 October 2009 15 July 2010 14 June 2010 27 September 2010 Template:N/a
6 20 1 September 2010 Template:N/a 7 February 2010 [1] Template:N/a Template:N/a
7 30 2011 Template:N/a Template:N/a Template:N/a Template:N/a


Series 1 (2006) Edit

The 8-part first series was commissioned by the BBC in 2005 and began airing on 9 March 2006.


# Episode Writer Director Original airdate
1 Episode One Rob Dilworth - 9 March 2006
New Head teacher Daniel Kargg finds that running his school in the middle of a hoodie-populated town may not be quite as easy as he anticipated, especially with the presence of disruptive new boy Justin Jupiter. When Daniel gives Justin a detention, Justin's older sister Jazz's gruff boyfriend Eddie decides to come round to the school - with a baseball bat. Also, ICT teacher Sylvia Randust refuses to go near Daniel because of something deputy head Edward Brown calles "the Curse of Sprooklyn High".
2 Episode Two Rob Dilworth - 16 March 2006
When Daniel discovers that Justin has assembled an elite gang, he invests in Justin's leader skills. Meanwhile, shy-but-smart Adam Festus has had enough of being bullied by Stephen Hedge and brings in a knife...
3 Episode Three Rob Dilworth - 23 March 2006
While Daniel is taking a break with Sylvia (now his new girlfriend), deputy head and English teacher Edward Brown takes over. A young supply teacher takes his classes, with disastrous results.
4 Episode Four Rob Dilworth - 30 March 2006
With Daniel and Sylvia's relationship now talk of the staff room, Edward finally discovers his deep feelings for Sylvia and makes a play for her. Sylvia slaps him, but Edward's feelings are quickly becoming mutual.
5 Episode Five Rob Dilworth - 6 April 2006
Justin and his gang break into Daniel's house and throw a party. As the students slowly leave to join them, the school is soon empty. How will the staff find out where they've gone? Meanwhile, Edward and Sylvia struggle to keep their relationship secret from Daniel.
6 Episode Six Rob Dilworth - 13 April 2006
Justin uses his cunning to slip cocaine onto a tissue and put bloodpacks in Daniel's nose, so that when the inspector comes in, Daniel will be stoned.
7 Episode Seven Rob Dilworth - 20 April 2006
After a temper rage, Justin's sister Jazz is murdered by her boyfriend Eddie. With Justin in a state, Daniel thinks it looks like Sprooklyn High will be a better place finally, but it seems that Justin is even angrier at society for not just putting his mum in a mental hospital, taking his little sister Maxine away but also the death/murder of Jazz.
8 Episode Eight Rob Dilworth - 27 April 2006
It seems that the Sprooklyn High Curse is broken, because Daniel has been head for three months without being stabbed. But it seems that a mournful Justin Jupiter can do a lot of harm. Meanwhile, Edward and Sylvia are destroyed by a photo taken by Stephen Hedge, now using it to blackmail them.

Series 2 (2007) Edit

In 2007 a 12-part second series was broadcast from January to April.


# Episode Writer Director Original airdate
9 Episode One Ann McManus & Maureen Chadwick Barnaby Southcombe 14 January 2007 **[N 1]
On-the-run Justin Jupiter returns to the gates of Sprooklyn High with a plan to finish off Daniel.
10 Episode Two Ann McManus & Maureen Chadwick Barnaby Southcombe 21 January 2007 **[N 1]
Jack lets Andrew do his worse as acting head teacher but steps in when the local community turn against the school. Tom takes extreme measures to deal with Lorna.
11 Episode Three Harriet Warner Jim Loach 28 January 2007 **[N 1]
Izzie's life is turned upside down when daughter, Mika Grainger becomes the victim of an internet hate campaign and Chlo lies to spend the night with Donte Charles. Jack falls for Davina Shackleton but has a teenage love rival in Brett Aspinall whilst Lorna and Andrew share a kiss.
12 Episode Four Ann McManus & Maureen Chadwick Jim Loach 4 February 2007 **[N 1]
Jack and Roger come to physical blows over the future of the school while Brett learns some hard hitting home truths about his father. Steph is the victim of a mugging by an ex-pupil.
13 Episode Five Harriet Warner Farren Blackburn 11 February 2007 **[N 1]
The school goes on high alert when a female pupil is assaulted by a serial attacker. Tom is flattered by what seems to be a harmless school girl crush and Lorna receives some devastating news.
14 Episode Six Phil Ford Farren Blackburn 18 February 2007 **[N 1]
Tom's caeer and relationship hang in the balance while Kim and Andrew work reluctantly together to find the truth behind Stacey Appleyard's allegations. Maxine Barlow makes a discovery which leads to the identity of the attacker.
15 Episode Seven Ann McManus & Maureen Chadwick Mike Cocker 25 February 2007 **[N 1]
A student teacher learns the ropes the hard way when he takes on the kids of Waterloo Road. Jack gives Davina and opportunity to prove herself in the classroom while Steph tries to find a new home for Maxine.
16 Episode Eight Harriet Warner Mike Cocker 29 March 2007
Jack and Kim are humiliated when a work experience placement goes disastrously wrong, and Steph puts her reputation on the line to speak up for Maxine. Davina finally lets Jack know how she feels about him.
17 Episode Nine Ann McManus & Anne Marie O'Connor David Innes Edwards 5 April 2007
Lorna gets to the heart of a persistent truant's real problem and Jack has the chips stacked against him in the final interviews for the permanent headship. Izzie and Tom's bitterness towards each other esculates.
18 Episode Ten Harriet Warner David Innes Edwards 12 April 2007
Lorna plays cupid by taking Tom and Izzie away for a surprise treat in the countryside meanwhile Steph's attempt to put Jack right about Davina backfires.
19 Episode Eleven Harriet Warner Lance Kneeshaw 15 April 2007 **[N 1]
The school's healthy eating initiative goes out the window when a local gang targets the school selling burgers. Events take a sinister turn when a pupil collapses and is rushed into hospital.
20 Episode Twelve Phil Ford Lance Kneeshaw 22 April 2007 **[N 1]
Jack's determination to protect the kids and to find the source of the drugs makes him lose sight of the rising mayhem being wrought on the school by the new sponsor governor. Meanwhile, it's make or break for Kim and Andrew.


Series 3 (2007–08) Edit

With the succes of Series 2, an extended 20-part third series was commissioned and began airing from six months later from October 2007. Episodes 1-10 aired from October-December 2007 before the programme broke transmission over Christmas. Episodes 11-20 aired from January-March 2008.


Autumn Term
# Episode Writer Director Original airdate
21 Episode One Harriet Warner Marc Jobst 7 October 2007 **[N 1]
As soon as new student Shayz Johnson (his father is an imprisoned murderer and a teenage mum) walks through the gates, Daniel can tell he means trouble, going as far as saying that he may be another Justin Jupiter in the making. And when he finds out that Shayz is dating homeless drug addicted teen Maxine (Justin's younger sister), he starts taking extreme measures...
22 Episode Two Lisa Holdsworth Marc Jobst 14 October 2007 **[N 1]
Not convinced by Steph's 'advice', Jasmine Koreshi decides to trust her instinct and shares her concern about Paul Langley with Eddie Lawson. Her suspicions are confirmed when Eddie finds Paul struggling for breath following a beating. This grows when a big knife is reported to be missing from the school cafeteria.
23 Episode Three David McManus, Annie Bruce & James Simpson Dermot Boyd 21 October 2007 **[N 1]
Today is Waterloo Road's first ever girls' football match and Tom is preparing the team to give it all they've got. Meanwhile, Jasmine is having the day from hell. She can't control her class and loses it big style, throwing half the girls football team into detention and jeopardising the match.
24 Episode Four Matthew Evans Dermot Boyd 28 October 2007 **[N 1]
Matt Wilding injures himself in his efforts to help a wounded pupil, Ben McNulty, and is surprised when he recoils in horror. The situation becomes even more bizarre when the usually apathetic Steph, swoops in and anxiously rushes a terrified Ben to A&E... is there more going on with him than meets the eye?
25 Episode Five Fleur Costello Luke Watson 4 November 2007 **[N 1]
It's a day of heartbreak at Waterloo Road. Donte is on the warpath after finding his wife, Chlo and Brett in bed together. Steph tells Jack his marriage will be a charade unless he comes clean about their affair. If his relationship with Davina is as strong as he says it is then the truth won't hurt, will it?
26 Episode Six David McManus Luke Watson 11 November 2007 **[N 1]
Jack's called to account for past decisions and faces the biggest challenge of his career. Tom struggles to keep his new family together and Grantly's gambling spirals out of control.
27 Episode Seven David McManus Martin Hutchings 18 November 2007 **[N 1]
Waterloo Road is still reeling after the shock departure of Jack, everyone that is apart from Eddie, who seems destined to become the new acting Head. However, he's hardly had time to warm Jack's chair, when he's dealt a bitter blow in the shape of Rachel Mason, the newly appointed Head Teacher.
28 Episode Eight Lisa Holdsworth Marc Jobst 25 November 2007 **[N 1]
Eddie is keen to prove Rachel wrong with his 'bad boys' trip but things go wrong and he is forced to make a life or death decision. Rachel tries to keep a lid on things with Chlo's return to school. Her high profile approach to truancy unwittingly puts a little boy in danger.
29 Episode Nine Ann McManus and Sharon Oakes Laurence Moody 2 December 2007 **[N 1]
A police investigation kicks off when Janeece Bryant and Karla Bentham make a shock discovery during an archaeological dig. Rachel forces Eddie to confront issues from his past. Mika shares a secret with Brett.
30 Episode Ten Liz Lake Laurence Moody 13 December 2007 **[N 2]
When Edward finds cocaine in some of his students' bags, he withholds from telling Daniel. The word around the playground is that this is the doing of Shayz. But it seems deeper than that, all leading through to a buisiness ran by the mysterious "Word Life". Meanwhile, Maxine continues to hide her pregnancy.
Spring Term
31 Episode Eleven Lisa Holdsworth Jenny Ash 10 January 2008
Shayz and Justin "Word Life" Jupiter recruit unpopular Year 7 pupil Carl Wheelflem to sell drugs to the older students. And Daniel considers firing Edward.
32 Episode Twelve Danny McCahon Jenny Ash 17 January 2008
Darren Briggs asks Davina out for dinner, as a thank you for helping his dyslexic son Darren Jnr. She's flattered, but refuses... unfortunately, Darren Briggs doesn't seem to want to take 'no' for an answer.
33 Episode Thirteen Nick Hoare Mike Adams 24 January 2008
Rachel's anxious about which construction firm will win the bid for Waterloo Road's new training centre - she must back blackmailer Stuart Hordley's bid or her past will be revealed. At Tom's, the sexual tension overwhelms Tom and Davina who end up in bed together - and Mika catches them. Whilst Janeece does her work experience in a caring home with Maxine and she seems to get along really well with Bessie, played by Rosemary Leach.
34 Episode Fourteen Doug Watson Mike Adams 31 January 2008
When Jasmine intervenes in an altercation between bully Michaela White and a younger pupil, she has no idea the day will end in her suspension following assault allegations against her. Meanwhile, romance may be back in the air for Brett and Mika, and Stuart apologises to Rachel for blackmailing her - but just how genuine is he?
35 Episode Fifteen Michael Jenner Julie Edwards 7 February 2008
Matt's mother, Susan Wilding, announces she's coming to visit and, in a panic, Matt quickly removes all traces of Colin. Meanwhile, the sixth formers are on work experience at Colin's company when Matt tells Colin that he wants him to move out for a few days. Maxine overhears and sends a text message back to school.
36 Episode Sixteen David McManus Julie Edwards 14 February 2008
Grantly is much more of his curmudgeonly self than usual, when Rachel asks him to supervise Waterloo Road's bad boys alongside minxy duo Aleesha Dillon and Danielle Harker and cater for the Governors' AGM lunch. Meanwhile, it???s the last day at Waterloo Road for Wilson Bingham and Janeece has fallen for Wilson big time, and it appears he feels the same way about her.
37 Episode Seventeen Gert Thomas Laurence Moody 21 February 2008
Mika, frustrated by Tom ignoring her requests to go on an environmental protest takes her eco-warrior plans to another level with Brett, on the building site of the new Training Centre.
38 Episode Eighteen Fleur Costello Laurence Moody 28 February 2008
After refusing to miss school in fear of Shayz and Justin, a heavily pregnant Maxine is in the PE cupboard to get supplies for the lesson and enters labour. Meanwhile, Jack forces Suzie into self-harm.
39 Episode Nineteen Danny McCahon Richard Standeven 6 March 2008 **[N 3])
Donte sees Davina getting into a swanky car and is shocked to see the driver is his old headmaster, Mr Rimmer. Jack's excited to have heard from Davina and tells her he's got a job in Dubai, will she come with him.
40 Episode Twenty Lisa Holdsworth Richard Standeven 13 March 2008 **[N 4])
Tragedy is in store as Hordley throws a smouldering fag-end into the bins. As the bin bursts into flames, it ignites a leaky gas canister and there's a massive explosion as the gas ignites, sending a fireball ripping through the school.

Series 4 (2009) Edit

A fourth series of another 20 episodes was commissioned in December 2007 and began airing from January 2009.


Autumn Term
# Episode Writer Director Original airdate
41 Episode One Lisa Holdsworth Minkie Spiro 7 January 2009 **[N 5]
Rachel is keen to start the new term with a clean slate and no more mistakes. But new pupil Earl Kelly is about to ensure that Waterloo Road has the worst first day it’s ever had…
42 Episode Two David McManus Minkie Spiro 14 January 2009
Rachel's sister Melissa Ryan risks getting them both fired when she loses control of her adult education class. Eddie is furious when he discovers that Rachel has gone behind his back. As the sparks fly between him and Melissa he has to assess how he really feels. Elsewhere in the school, the new security guard Dave Miller is taking his job seriously, until he develops a serious crush on Steph Haydock. Steph finds herself inundated with gifts, and it’s clear she’s going to have to let Security Dave down gently, but how…?
43 Episode Three David McManus James Erskine 21 January 2009
Davina’s reputation at Waterloo Road is at stake when she is accused of racism by a Maori supply teacher. With just her word against an experienced teacher’s, will she be able to clear her name? Meanwhile, an ill-thought out lie from Steph looks like it might just spell the end for Grantly's marriage...
44 Episode Four Phillip Dodds James Erskine 28 January 2009 **[N 6]
Romance abounds as Melissa’s speed dating event brings some unlikely couples together. Meanwhile, Tom’s feud with the Kelly’s intensifies when he becomes convinced that Earl is leaving dead birds on his doorstop. Trying to ease the situation, Eddie organises a falconry day at the school, but when one of the birds goes missing, there only seems to be one explanation...
45 Episode Five Ann McManus & Avril Russell Dominic Keavey 4 February 2009
Melissa has organised a Drugs Awareness Initiative for the school, with voluntary drugs tests for the senior year pupils. However, school Governor Ralph Mellor has his own agenda and plans to use the tests to get Marley Kelly kicked out of the school and away from his daughter, Flick Mellor, even if it means tampering with the results.
46 Episode Six Louise Ironside Dominic Keavey 11 February 2009
Matt has applied to be an emergency foster carer but may be biting off more than he can chew with his first ward – Sambuca Kelly. Meanwhile, Donte has organized an underground boxing match between Bolton Smilie and another pupil from a rival school. With Donte’s debts spiraling out of control, the boxing match is a quick win to earn some cash, but can he continue to keep the teachers in blissful ignorance?
47 Episode Seven Karen McLachlan & Phillip Dodds Matthew Evans 18 February 2009
Rachel is horrified when Eddie’s relationship with her sister Melissa takes a dramatic leap forward, but Philip seems to be hiding a secret that threatens everyone’s plans. Meanwhile, a loved-up Eddie must keep his mind on the job, but his day gets hijacked by an argument between Danielle and her father. What starts off as a debate about home-schooling versus state education soon escalates into a domestic dispute.
48 Episode Eight Nick Hoare Matthew Evans 25 February 2009
Earl’s doing his best to convince Maxine that they should have a baby. He wants them to finally have what they never got from their own childhoods; a proper family, a home and stability. This horrifies Steph, but Maxine’s will becomes stronger and more resolute – no one understands Earl like her. However, the arrival of a mystery girl looking for Earl has Maxine questioning if she really knows him at all. The furious confrontation that follows triggers a chain of events that leads to tragedy.
49 Episode Nine Michael Jenner Jonathan Fox Bassett 4 March 2009
The school is still reeling after the murder of Maxine Barlow. Rachel feels responsible - the buck stops with her. She plans to resign with immediate effect. However, the shock revelation from Paul that the gun in the school at the start of term was Earl’s compels her to try and secure Denzil Kelly’s release before she goes. Elsewhere, realising that life is precious, Donte surprises Chlo with a romantic proposition and Eddie organises a surprise for Melissa. He’s organised a beach wedding in a tropical paradise – and they leave the following week.
50 Episode Ten David McManus Jonathan Fox Bassett 11 March 2009
It’s the last day of term at Waterloo Road and everyone is excited about Bolton’s boxing final. Rob Cleaver is adamant that Bolton’s about to be Rochdale’s next Rocky and a loved up Jasmine is bursting with pride for her man. However, Bolton’s nerves are getting to him and so Rob offers him some help – a bottle of ‘legal’ pills. It’s also the day Eddie and Melissa are due to fly out to Barbados to get married, but things don’t quite go to plan and both Rachel and Eddie are left reeling when the truth finally comes out.
Spring Term
51 Episode Eleven Lisa Holdsworth Tim Hopewell 18 March 2009
It’s an exciting day at Waterloo Road as Kim Campbell returns from Rwanda to resume her role as Head of Pastoral Care. Popular with staff and students alike, Kim raises a few eyebrows when she turns up with a baby in tow, but no Andrew Treneman. Kim can’t wait to get stuck into work, but the planned careers day, involving former pupils of Waterloo Road, is thrown into chaos with the arrival of Jordan-esque glamour model, Sarah-Leanne. Kim finds herself battling with Sarah-Leanne to win the hearts and minds of her celebrity-obsessed students.
52 Episode Twelve Nazrin Choudhry Tim Hopewell 25 March 2009
Kim’s day starts badly when the uncle of her baby, Grace, shows up at the school threatening to expose a secret about his niece. Kim struggles to keep her personal life from impacting on her job as she tries to get rid of him. Desperate, she turns to Steph, who is immediately suspicious. With Kim’s eye off the ball, Karla Bentham becomes the victim of Michaela White’s scheme to make money, and another type of bullying. It’s a race against time for Kim to recover Karla before her own situation is exposed.
53 Episode Thirteen Marc Pye Jon Sen 1 April 2009
With Rachel on a course, Eddie's at the helm but soon finds out it's not going to be an easy ride - a community of travellers have pitched up next to the school and the kids are to be enrolled at Waterloo Road. Tensions soon mount between the pupils and the travellers. Eddie thinks he has the answer and arranges a football match, but things soon get dirty on the pitch and the simmering tensions of the day bubble over. Before he knows it, Eddie has a riot on his hands.
54 Episode Fourteen Phillip Dodds Jon Sen 8 April 2009
Matt's choir are practicing hard, now that Rachel wants a performance that evening. Matt is left deflated when it transpires most of the members were blackmailed to attend and the race is on to re-group and recruit willing members in time for their showcase. Meanwhile, a stack of STI leaflets that Kim has been distributing to her sex education class fall into the wrong hands. Kim is dragged before Rachel and Eddie to explain but she’s too consumed with worry as she’s found out the Home Office has hired a private investigator to track her and Grace
55 Episode Fifteen David McManus James Erskine 15 April 2009
Determined to reunite the girl’s football team, Tom persuades his old friend Captain Andy Rigby to run an army day at the school, using team building techniques to whip the girls into shape. However, the day descends into a shambolic mess when one pupil sees the opportunity for a personal act of revenge. Elsewhere, Davina is delighted to finally qualify as a teacher, and things seem perfect when Rachel offers her a job at Waterloo Road, but her day starts to unravel when she discovers that money has gone missing from her and Tom's joint account.
56 Episode Sixteen Nick Hoare James Erskine 22 April 2009
Waterloo Road’s latest supply teacher, Jem Allen is proving popular with staff and students alike but her upbeat attitude and glamorous lifestyle are enough to get right up Grantly’s nose. Forced together on a school trip, their antagonism builds to a life-threatening climax. Back at school with the exams in full swing, Chlo realises how much the future she wants will be restricted by motherhood. She is forced to make the hardest decision of her life, with devastating consequences for Donte.
57 Episode Seventeen Louise Ironside Julie Edwards 29 April 2009
Steph’s return to Waterloo Road starts badly when a pupil leads a class revolt and Rachel blames the problem on her poor teaching skills. The day takes a dramatic turn when Steph discovers the same pupil in a life-threatening situation, but can her actions redeem herself in Rachel’s eyes? Meanwhile Donte is struggling with Chlo’s decision to put their baby up for adoption so that she can pursue her dream of going to university. A concerned Kim mediates. She urges Chlo to involve Donte and ask Tom for advice, but Chlo seems determined to proceed no matter what.
58 Episode Eighteen Michael Jenner Julie Edwards 6 May 2009
Bitter battle lines are drawn between Chlo and Donte as they wrangle over their baby’s future, but when Chlo goes into a complicated premature labour, Donte finds himself at risk of losing his baby and his wife. Meanwhile, a Home Office official turns up at the school to tell a shocked Eddie and Rachel that Kim has taken Grace from Rwanda against her father's wishes. The officials paint her as little more than a criminal who paid another woman for her baby. What follows sees Kim’s world come crashing down around her.
59 Episode Nineteen David McManus Keith Boak 13 May 2009
Still reeling from losing Grace, Kim struggles to hold it together as organiser of a fundraising day at the school. But will a surprise visit from her ex, Andrew Treneman bring the support she needs or just raise more questions about Kim’s conduct in Rwanda? Meanwhile Rose Kelly and Candice Smilie prepare a menu for the relief day using their knock-off meat. It’s past its sell-by-date but they’ve given it a once-over and taken off the labels so that no-one is any the wiser. However, when a mystery illness strikes the school, the dodgy dealings in the canteen come under suspicion.
60 Episode Twenty Lisa Holdsworth Keith Boak 20 May 2009
Waterloo Road is in the final of North West Schools Choir of the Year competition, but things take a bad turn when it becomes apparent that Flick stole the lyrics for the song. Rachel decides to save the reputation of the school and withdraws them from the competition. Matt’s gutted and can’t bear for all their hard work and effort to go to waste. Can he and Steph pull out the stops and re-write another song in time to still take part? Back at the school, a loved-up Eddie is totally gob smacked to find Melissa waiting for him. He’s in for a further shock when she reveals that she’s pregnant.


Series 5 (2009–10) Edit

A 20-part fifth series was commissioned in March 2009. Filming began on 11 May 2009 and began airing from Wednesday 28 October 2009 (Sunday 25 October on BBC One Scotland). Due to extensive news coverage on 11 May 2010, EastEnders and Holby City were instead shown on 12 May, and Waterloo Road was postponed for 2 weeks, due to the already scheduled Holby City episode on 19 May. The final two episodes of the series was delayed by 4 weeks, due to the World Cup, airing on 14 & 15 July respectively.

Autumn Term
# Episode Writer Director Original airdate
61 Episode One Ann McManus Matthew Evans 25 October 2009**[N 1]
After the hostilities of Daniel Kargg's headship, the Sprooklyn City Council throw dynamic governor Jones Sampson into Sprooklyn High. Jones changes everything and charms the ladies, while Daniel spots Jones with former pupils Justin Jupiter and Shayz Johnson, he starts to get suspicious.
62 Episode Two Maureen Chadwick Matthew Evans 4 November 2009
The hostility between the ex-John Fosters pupils and their Waterloo Road peers continues unabated. Tensions increase when Amy Porter accuses Bolton of attempted rape after luring him into the girls’ toilets for a tryst; an accusation that a bewildered Bolton is quick to deny. New girl Lindsay James is quick to use the incident as another example that Waterloo Road pupils are trouble, happy to have a distraction from her father’s funeral which is taking place that day. Meanwhile Tom finds that his past is being unearthed thanks to Josh Stevenson.
63 Episode Three Nick Hoare Tim Hopewell 11 November 2009
Danielle and Aleesha stagger into school after a night out drinking in Rochdale's bars and clubs. Danielle, in particular, is suffering, so Paul steals some ethanol from the science lab in order to help her out with a "hair of the dog". Paul and Bolton start bootlegging the ethanol to the other pupils, not realising how dangerous the side effects of their concoction could be. Max Tyler soon discovers their scam but it's too late for barely conscious Danielle, who is rushed to hospital by Steph. Could Steph's lack of judgment prove to have serious consequences for both of them? While this goes on, Rachel and Max's relationship deteriorates and Tom discovers that Josh is indeed his son.
64 Episode Four David McManus Tim Hopewell 18 November 2009
Year 10 pupil Luke Pendle has kept the fact that he lives in a care home a secret from everyone, including his girlfriend Siobhan Mailey – who finds out the truth when she follows him home. Confused at his deceit, she confides in her best friend, Amy, who quickly spreads Luke's secret around the school. After a day of snide and nasty comments, Luke snaps – only to have the full force of Max Tyler's authoritarian rule descend on him. Steph starts a teaching course, Grantly organises a staff-room petition against Max's reforms and Tom tries to get to know Josh better, despite his son's resistance.
65 Episode Five Phillip Dodds Fraser MacDonald 25 November 2009
It's Open Day at Waterloo Road and the school is buzzing with preparations. Max and Rachel are determined to show that the merger with John Fosters is a success and set out to wow the parents and governors with a united school. Ruby Fry, meanwhile, has taken it upon herself to upgrade the school's buffet menu and puts caviar and other pricey sundries on her husband, John's, company credit card. When Ruby sneaks home to pick up some forgotten ingredients, however, she is confronted with bailiffs and John is forced to admit that his company is bankrupt. Steph tries new techniques to get her way with Jo and Josh's relatedness to Tom is made public.
66 Episode Six Louise Ironside Fraser MacDonald 2 December 2009
New deputy head Christopher Mead becomes the focus of unwelcome romantic attention when his Year 10 fan club become increasingly brazen. Christopher becomes concerned that one of his best students, Vicki MacDonald, is acting strangely, missing classes and handing work in late. When he discovers that Vicki has been sneaking off during school hours to work as an exotic dancer, he visits the club to talk her out of it, inadvertently putting himself in a vulnerable position. Vicki won't give up work and threatens to accuse Christopher of sexual harassment if he tells anyone. Josh's attempts to push his mum and dad together results in an admission by his mum and Steph tries to piece together what took place the night before.
67 Episode Seven Liz Lake Jill Robertson 9 December 2009
When quiet Year 10 student Cassie Turner accuses Amy, Siobhan and, later, Michaela of bullying her, it looks like the girl gang problem has returned to Waterloo Road. Despite the protests of innocence from the accused girls, however, Cassie's recent detached behaviour, along with her falling grades, is enough for Kim to haul the suspected offenders off to the Cooler. Cassie's best friends, Lauren Andrews and Sambuca, are hurt that she didn't go to them for help, but also believe she is being bullied. Helen Hopewell continues to struggle to stamp her authority on her pupils while Josh discovers the truth about his conception.
68 Episode Eight Katie Douglas Jill Robertson 16 December 2009
It's the day of Helen Hopewell's first official inspection and she is desperate to impress. Having just spent the night with Max, she now believes their romance might be reignited. Never one to miss an opportunity, Amy offers to keep the entire class under control – if Helen pays her for the favour. Terrified about losing her job, Helen agrees and can't help but think it's £20 well spent when the inspector is obviously impressed with her "teaching ability". It's only when Helen refuses to give further bribes that Amy runs to Rachel and confesses all. Auditions take place for the school's end of term talent show and Tom takes Josh out for some father-son bonding.
69 Episode Nine Linton Chiswick Jonathan Fox Bassett 23 December 2009
Rachel accompanies Lindsay to court for her mother's trial, but Marion's case isn't going well. In the observation gallery Michaela and Ros McCain are horrified to learn about Lindsay's sexual abuse. After a grilling from the prosecution, Lindsay breaks down in the witness box and finally confesses to Rachel the real events of that fateful day. Jo has been nominated for an award, but there is tension between her and Steph. Max tries to manipulate and bully both staff and students.
70 Episode Ten Paul Logue Jonathan Fox Bassett 30 December 2009
Daniel finally realises that he is depressed and starts on his resignation note. Sadly, Daniel reckons that Jones is next in line for headship, so he puts himself on a mission to get Indiana urgently fired. But this puts Daniel on breaking point, so when he steals a Policeman's gun only bad can happen...tragedy.
Spring Term
71 Episode Eleven Maureen Chadwick Matthew Evans 7 April 2010 **[N 7]
New head Zed Lexington is willing to bend the old rules of Daniel Kargg to make Sprooklyn High a happier place. In this scheme, he lets Shayz Johnson into Sixth Form and invites Justin Jupiter to be a Teaching Assistant. Sadly, although Shayz has changed and is now humbled by Zed, Justin is secretly dealing drugs to the kids. When Shayz confronts Justin, a fistfight is soon in progress.
72 Episode Twelve David McManus Matthew Evans 14 April 2010**[N 7]
Ruby is still struggling to cope with her personal problems but is reluctant to take anti-depressants. To make matters worse she takes the year 10 class on a trip to a local farm, only for it to be a disaster from the outset with Lauren and Sam involved in an act of theft and Josh ending up in hospital. Run by Mark Moran, the older brother of year 10 pupil Craig, the farm is in deep financial trouble. Mark had asked Craig to cancel the trip as the farm is in no state for visitors but Craig “forgot”; he was hoping Ruby would see how much trouble they were in and help convince Mark to sell up.
73 Episode Thirteen Sascha Hails Tim Hopewell 21 April 2010**[N 7]
Kim and Chris come to blows over his introduction of an APU (Advanced Preparation for University) scheme for Ros, the school's brightest pupil. Kim believes the scheme should be open to everyone, but Chris thinks it's cruel to build up pupils' hopes of getting into a top university if their grades aren't strong enough. It's a battle of wills, won when Michaela stages a protest demanding to be allowed on the scheme and Rachel opens it up to everyone. Elsewhere, overweight pupil Aidan causes difficulties and Rachel searches for a new Healthy Eating Head, but gets a blast from the past.
74 Episode Fourteen Lisa Holdsworth Tim Hopewell 28 April 2010**[N 7]
It's Josh's birthday and Tom is planning a party. Josh and Lauren's flirting picks up pace, only to come to an abrupt end when the secret of Lauren's large birthmark on her back is revealed to the whole school. Totally humiliated and desperate, Lauren steals hydrogen peroxide from the science lab to try to bleach the birthmark away, but ends up getting an acid burn. Josh's treatment of Lauren leads to Tom's first disappointment in his son. Ruby organises a fashion swap and Grantly seems to be displaying textbook symptoms of depression.
75 Episode Fifteen Phillip Dodds Joss Agnew 5 May 2010**[N 7]
It's work experience day at Waterloo Road. Lauren and Josh are less than impressed with their jobs as a hairdresser and chef respectively while Chris ends up with Finn Sharkey as a teaching assistant. Finn cockily decides he can easily do Chris's job, and encourages mutiny in a year 8 class. In retaliation, Chris sets Finn up by giving him full authority in a classroom of year 12s, resulting in Finn being laughed at by the sixth formers who don't take him seriously. Sambuca elopes from her sports shop work experience to spend time with Bolton.
76 Episode Sixteen Emma Taylor Joss Agnew 26 May 2010**[N 7]
New boy Finn's disruptive behaviour continues at Waterloo Road and he persuades Josh and Amy to join him in smoking a legal high. For Amy, it's a far-from-pleasant experience and Josh has further side-effects when he starts hallucinating in class. Tom, worried about his son's behaviour, questions Josh who "fesses" up – believing that his dad would be cool about it as they are more like friends than father and son. However, Josh is stunned and humiliated by Tom's angry reaction and, in retaliation, he spikes Tom's lunch with the drug. Rachel's day of absence leaves Chris in charge with an important visitor and Adam, head of the Healthy Eating Programme, gives Ruby a helping hand.
77 Episode Seventeen Katie Douglas Jon Sen 2 June 2010**[N 7]
Head of French Jo Lipsett is full of encouragement for her brightest pupil, Ros, unaware that the girl has developed a serious crush on her. Buoyed by the success of her first exam, Ros kisses a shocked Jo, believing that she feels the same way – but Jo quickly goes to tell Rachel. When Rachel reveals that she knows about the kiss, a humiliated Ros confronts Jo – publicly declaring her love in the process. Jo angrily denies any feelings and in retaliation Ros formally accuses Jo of acting inappropriately. Rachel has no choice but to suspend Jo, leaving her questioning her future at Waterloo Road. Chris feels his APU scheme is under threat while Adam launches a takeaway food service.
78 Episode Eighteen Liz Lake Jon Sen 9 June 2010**[N 7]
Kim accompanies Chris on a Year 10 trip to an Art Gallery as she believes it will improve their relationship. Amy is encouraged by Finn to draw on priceless works of art, only to be caught on CCTV. Chris meets up with his girlfriend whilst on the trip. Kim is jealous and when Chris tells his girlfriend that he's in love with Kim, she confronts Kim, she leaves and Kim feels contractions. Rachel announces she's engaged to Adam, whilst Ruby moves into a rundown flat, still taking medication.
79 Episode Nineteen Alison Greenaway Matthew Evans 14 July 2010
Finn and Amy are separated during school time in an effort to get their behaviour on track. They both lose it when Josh and Siobhan refuse to help them respectively. Meanwhile, the end of term ball is being organised and to keep prices low for students, the organisers are tasked with fundraising ideas. Adam starts making wedding preparations which has an impact on Ruby whose husband has asked for a divorce.
80 Episode Twenty Nick Hoare Matthew Evans 15 July 2010
Finn and Amy's relationship takes a terrifying turn and Rachel must decide where her future lies. When Finn's parents tell him they're moving to Los Angeles, his relationship with Amy looks doomed. Amy is later stunned when he proposes they make a suicide pact, rather than live without each other. A nervous Amy, who has become so dependent on him, agrees and they head off to an isolated beach. Meanwhile Steph with the help of Oliver organises the school prom. Rachel ties the knot with Adam and later on decides that Waterloo Road can survive without her.

Series 6 (2010–11) Edit

In August 2009, a further 20-part sixth series was commissioned. Filming began on 9 November 2009 and finished on 7 May 2010. It began airing on BBC One from 1 September 2010. [2][3]. The series took a break from 27 October 2010 and continue on from Episode 11 from 2 February 2011.

Autumn Term
# Episode Writer Director Original airdate
81 Episode One Lisa Holdsworth Fraser MacDonald 1 September 2010
The school is still reeling from the murder of Zed Lexington. A horrified Shayz finds it hard to carry on looking after Valentina and trying to stop Jack from influencing Maxine, so he attempts suicide.
82 Episode Two Louise Ironside Fraser MacDonald 2 September 2010
New head teacher Karen Fisher is clearly in her element at Waterloo Road and is joined at the school by her husband, Charlie, who is starting as a supply teacher. However, when 15-year-old Harry finds a suspicious message on Charlie's mobile about a lunchtime assignation, he begins to suspect his dad is having an affair. Harry dials the number on the text and is shocked to hear new Spanish teacher Cesca answer. He desperately enlists Sambuca's help and they follow Charlie on his lunchtime rendezvous. Together they spy on Charlie with Cesca, taking a photo as evidence. When Harry later tells Karen she refuses to believe him and assures him that it must be innocent.
83 Episode Three Liz Lake Roger Goldby 8 September 2010
Waterloo Road is running a new sexual health initiative which includes a confidential emergency contraception service. This causes consternation among parents and staff alike. Ronan and his girlfriend, Sarah, are concerned; their condom broke during sex, but while Ronan wants Sarah to take the morning-after pill, she's too mortified to go to the nurse. Jess also has cause for concern: her promiscuous behaviour has resulted in her needing the morning-after pill – again. Unable to go to the nurse herself, Jess persuades Vicki to get the pill for her. Vicki reluctantly agrees, but fails when the nurse realises she's not there for herself. The two girls get into a huge fight which results in Vicki revealing Jess's promiscuity in front of Chris. Chris is concerned for Jess's welfare but she misinterprets this as a sign that he still cares for her.
84 Episode Four Philip Dodds Roger Goldby 15 September 2010
Tensions are running high at Waterloo Road as the Fishers struggle to stay united on the annual celebration of Bex's birthday. In addition, the arrival of a new, gay student sparks confrontation and unearths some difficult truths. Reluctant to return Lauren's advances, an increasingly confused Josh directs his frustration towards new student Connor with a homophobic insult. But a much deeper issue is revealed when he tries to kiss Finn, who is disgusted with his friend's behaviour and quickly spreads word of it throughout the school. Following a fight, the two friends are forced to explain their actions to Tom and Charlie. However, Josh denies the kiss ever happened, much to Tom's relief, and later tries to prove everyone wrong by getting physical with Lauren.
85 Episode Five Katie Douglas Julie Edwards 22 September 2010
Janeece and Ruby come to blows over the subject of motherhood, while Marcus's first day almost ends in disaster when his proactive approach to teaching uncovers a shocking secret about Ronan's home life. After catching Ronan selling DVDs in class, and brimming with ideas about improving parent-teacher relationships, Marcus takes it upon himself to visit Ronan's father at home. A seemingly upstanding businessman, Ronan's father is upset that his son is selling his possessions, and both he and Marcus assume Ronan must be in some sort of trouble. However, it soon becomes clear that Marcus hasn't grasped the full picture and Ronan is in fact saving the money to flee Rochdale and escape his father's illicit family business. Events reach boiling point in the corridors of Waterloo Road and Ronan is forced to make a decision that will change his life forever. Meanwhile Josh is still struggling to come to terms with his coming out, and things are not helped by Tom's interference.
86 Episode Six Paul Louge Julie Edwards 29 September 2010
Cesca is drawn into a complicated situation that threatens to end her career. Meanwhile, Grantly's increasingly slovenly behaviour causes concern for Ruby, who is facing her own problems in the form of Janeece and John's blossoming friendship. Cesca's honest approach in her drugs-awareness class backfires when Sam comes to her asking for money to buy drugs. Sam's intentions are good, however; she wants to buy the drugs from Amy and Lauren and then throw them away in order to protect her friends. The ever-manipulative Amy doesn't trust Sam and hatches an elaborate plan to frame her. Facing exclusion, Sam relies on the honesty of her best friend, Lauren, while Cesca's reputation lies in tatters as Karen struggles to unravel the truth.
87 Episode Seven Ellen Taylor Joss Agnew 6 October 2010
Harry's bulimia reaches crisis point under the stress of bullying and his parent's separation, while the tension increases between Ruby and a heavily pregnant Janeece. Elsewhere, Waterloo Road stages the Interschool Debating Contest, giving Ruth a rare taste of popularity. When Finn discovers that Harry has sabotaged his plans for Jess to sleep over, he exacts revenge with a day of relentless bullying and chances upon Harry being sick in the toilet. Events reach a climax when Harry sinks to the bottom of the pool during a swimming lesson, a cry for help that leads both him and Finn to Karen's office. When Harry is finally forced to reveal his condition, Karen is left questioning her role as a mother.
88 Episode Eight Ryan Craig Joss Agnew 13 October 2010
Personal troubles spill over into the corridors of Waterloo Road. Vicki's home life continues to spiral dangerously out of control, Grantly's stubbornness compromises his ability as a teacher and Janeece begins to wonder if she's made the right decision about her baby. Now living in a hostel, Vicki is struggling to balance her schoolwork with visiting her critically ill dad in hospital. Following another poor exam result, a concerned Chris confronts Vicki, but she won't reveal the true extent of her dire situation and threatens Chris with blackmail if her grades are not changed. Finally, they strike a deal that helps Vicki but leaves Chris's career hanging in the balance.
89 Episode Nine Neil Jones Dermot Boyd 20 October 2010
A controversial classroom CCTV scheme spectacularly backfires when the cameras are turned on the teachers. Elsewhere, a familiar face in the name of Steph Haydock comes to the aid of a desperate Grantly, and Janeece finally confronts Ruby with the truth. When Chris launches a trial scheme to equip the classrooms with CCTV there is uproar among both staff and pupils. Jonah is outraged when he learns that the staff room doesn't have a camera and hatches a plan to expose the hypocrisy of the scheme, unwittingly stumbling upon Jess's and Chris's secret in the process. A violent clash in the corridors of Waterloo Road ensues, and Chris and Jonah attempt to cover up the truth in Karen's office.
90 Episode Ten Nick Hoare Dermot Boyd 27 October 2010 (BBC2 in Scotland due to live football)
It's the last day of term at Waterloo Road and it has dramatic consequences for the Fishers. Grantly's desperation reaches breaking point as he makes a huge mistake in the classroom and discovers the full cost of Fleur's care. All hell breaks loose among the A-Level students when they realise that Grantly has been teaching them the wrong syllabus all year – a mistake punishable with severe disciplinary action by Karen. Back at home, the situation worsens as Grantly discovers the financial cost of Fleur's care and hatches a desperate plan in order to raise the money. Steph offers her support, and Grantly is blessed with some end-of-term charity when the full extent of his wife's illness becomes clear to Karen and the school.
Spring Term
91 Episode Eleven Ann McManus & Eileen Gallagher Jill Robertson 2 February 2011 [4]
The new term kicks off at Waterloo Road with new arrivals for both staff and students, along with the launch of a controversial scheme to separate the boys and girls. Meanwhile, Bex Fisher continues to hide the details of her disappearance as she begins her first day back at school. In response to the boys' poor exam grades, Karen and Chris introduce a new single-sex teaching initiative, much to the disdain of staff and pupils. Especially unimpressed is the formidable new Head of Pastoral Care, Adanna Lawal, who rallies the rest of the staffroom into action against the segregation.
92 Episode Twelve Ann McManus & Eileen Gallagher Jill Robertson 9 February 2011
Janeece becomes embroiled in a complicated mother-and-daughter struggle leading to a dramatic showdown at Waterloo Road. Elsewhere, a dangerous attraction begins as Cesca tutors Jonah in Spanish lessons, and Grantly's increasingly dishevelled appearance draws attention among staff and pupils. When Janeece picks up Year 10 pupil Billie Taylor on her way to school, she notices that Billie's mother, Laura, is acting as primary carer for Billie's baby, Brook. Concerned that Laura is trying to take the baby away from Billie, Janeece takes matters into her own hands – against the advice of Chris and Adanna. Events spiral out of control between mother and daughter and it becomes difficult to tell who has the baby's best intentions at heart...
93 Episode Thirteen Carol Ann Docherty & Aileen Docherty Fraser MacDonald 16 February 2011
Karen attempts to piece together the mystery surrounding Bex's disappearance. Meanwhile, Cesca continues to test her professional and personal boundaries with Jonah and Nate feels the wrath of his father over his burgeoning relationship with Josh. Nate's uncomfortable relationship with his dad hits rock bottom when Matthew Gurney discovers that his son is gay. Unable to accept the news, Matthew blames the school for encouraging Nate's sexuality and orders him to keep away from Josh. Tom intervenes with some words of advice, prompting reconciliation with violent consequences. Two worlds collide when Grantly swaps books with Ruby and reluctantly samples the work of Jilly Cooper, a pleasure to which he refuses to admit.
94 Episode Fourteen Paul Louge Fraser MacDonald 23 February 2011
Ruby's political views land her in hot water following the arrival of a new Polish caretaker to Waterloo Road. Cesca, meanwhile, finds it increasingly hard to resist Jonah's seductive charm; Janeece and Ronan go head to head over a stolen test paper; and Bex tries to return to normality despite the presence of Hodge. When Ruby witnesses Martin Dowling and Kyle Stack taunting new Polish caretaker Lukas Wisniewski about his right to work in the country, she controversially takes the side of the pupils. Keen to clamp down on this behaviour, Chris discovers that the normally intelligent Martin is emulating his father's right-ring views to gain approval. Lukas is pushed to the brink when Martin and Kyle step up their hate campaign, leaving Ruby condemned by the school and questioning her own views.
95 Episode Fifteen Nick Hoare Robert Knights 2 March 2011
Harry's cry for attention veers out of control when he steals Karen's phone and causes turmoil among the staff of Waterloo Road. Meanwhile, Chris and Karen have their hands full with the school business initiative contest and Tom struggles to readjust during his first day back. When Karen and Harry come to blows over his falling grades, a disgruntled Harry gets his revenge by causing mischief with Karen's phone, sending incendiary emails to the other staff in the guise of his mum. As widespread anger and paranoia spread through the school, Karen is faced with an unexpected staffroom revolt.
96 Episode Sixteen Ellen Taylor Robert Knights 9 March 2011
The truth surrounding Bex's disappearance is finally revealed when a fellow pupil discovers a shocking secret. It sends shockwaves throughout Waterloo Road and tests Tom's recovery when he's forced to deal with the aftermath. Elsewhere, Sam and Finn's mutual antagonism develops in an unexpected way, and Jonah gives Cesca a dramatic ultimatum. Bex finally confronts Karen with the truth surrounding her disappearance when Wayne Bodley, a Year 11 pupil, stumbles across a compromising video of her and spreads the footage around the school. It couldn't be a worse time for Bex, as she prepares her speech on the day of the head pupil elections, and it's left to a still-fragile Tom to get to the bottom of Wayne's behaviour.
97 Episode Seventeen 16 March 2011
The corridors of Waterloo Road are buzzing with talk of Finn and Ronan's illegal party, an event that is threatening to escalate out of control. It is set to take place in an abandoned mill and word quickly spreads among the pupils, leaving the teachers in the dark. The party gets off to a good start but events take a violent turn when some uninvited guests turn up. Back at Waterloo Road, Cesca makes a life-changing discovery that turns her world upside down and leaves Jonah planning to abandon his education. Later, however, Jonah turns up at the party in a jubilant mood but his irresponsible behaviour leaves Cesca questioning his maturity.


Series 7 (2011–12) Edit

A seventh series of 20 episodes was announced on 7 April 2010 in Shed Media's final results[5], however it was later announced that the series would only run for 10 episodes as the winter weather made filming harder. It has since been confirmed that a further 20 episodes will be filmed in 2011 and will act as the second half of the series.[6] The new commission brings the episode count of the series to 30, making Series 7 the longest yet.


# Episode Writer Synopsis Original airdate
101 Episode One Philip Dodds 2011

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