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133 episodes have so far been aired (as of 6 September 2012). A further 50 episodes have been commissioned for broadcast over a two year period, commencing August 2012.


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 UK viewers
(millions)
1 Episode One Ann McManus & Maureen Chadwick Barnaby Southcombe 9 March 2006 5.03
When the current Headmaster of Waterloo Road Comprehensive has a nervous breakdown, Jack Rimmer is thrown into the hot seat – very reluctantly. He takes a huge gamble in recruiting Andrew Treneman who promptly clashes with art teacher Kim Campbell. English teacher Tom Clarkson's life is a mess. He's about to be married to live-in girlfriend and fellow teacher Lorna Dickey, but he has fallen hook, line and sinker for Lorna's closest friend – drama teacher Izzie Redpath. Elsewhere, wayward teens Chloe and Donte's limo party takes a devastating turn.
2 Episode Two Ann McManus & Maureen Chadwick Barnaby Southcombe 16 March 2006 4.56
Waterloo Road is in mourning after a fatal car crash that killed one of its pupils, and put another in a coma. The accident also resulted in the students being hostil towards Donte Charles, as they believe that he is the one who has caused the crash. Izzie is still reeling from Tom kissing her at his wedding reception and Tom feels trapped about what transpired between himself annd Izzie. A battle of wills is developing between Kim and Andrew, could their mutual respect be the beginning of a simmering attraction? Meanwhile, French teacher Steph Haydock, a woman who craves the constant attention of men, targets Jack to return her affections.
3 Episode Three Ann McManus & Maureen Chadwick Julie Edwards 23 March 2006 4.47
When heavily pregnant, fifteen year old Zoe Ramsden steps onto the school bus for her first day, Andrew predicts trouble. Steph thinks she and Jack are sharing something special. Jack soon makes it clear that he does not feel the same. Lorna's baby problems are driving her and Tom apart. She confides in her best friend Izzie that Tom does not want the baby. Meanwhile, Chlo Grainger is terrified that Holly will wake from her coma and reveal her involvement in the crash.
4 Episode Four Ann McManus & Maureen Chadwick Julie Edwards 30 March 2006 4.59
The pupils think it is hilarious when they see a fluffy bunny climb onto the roof of Waterloo Road School. Izzie is mortified to discover that it is her unreliable ex-husband Jimmy Grainger with a serious message. He stands up for fathers to have fair and constant visiting rights for their children. Andrew discovers a homework scam and makes Lewis Seddon scrub graffiti of the walls as punishment. Jack is surprised when Steph's French class marks mysteriously improve. Andrew and Kim are extremely suspicious. There is a slight possibility that Steph's highly generous marking methods might cost Steph to lose her job. Meanwhile, Tom and Lorna's marriage is in serious trouble.
5 Episode Five Steve Griffiths Ian Bevitt 6 April 2006 4.86
Even though she and Tom are officially separating, Lorna is surprisingly upbeat. She decides to change her whole image and tells Izzie that it's because she needs a fresh start. Tom is still very much in love with Izzie; will she continue to deny that she feels the same way? Zak Walker is once again late for school and Head of English, Grantly Budgen has had enough of his tardiness. He confides in Andrew that he thinks Zak's problem could be drug related. Chlo Grainger goes to extreme lengths to prove to Izzie that she caused the crash.
6 Episode Six Harry Wootliff Ian Bevitt 13 April 2006 4.07
Jack is panicking about the visit today by an LEA Inspector. He is surprised when the Inspector turns out to be attractive and sympathetic to the pressures the school is under. However, she has a bombshell to drop: one of the schools in the area has to close and the spotlight is firmly on Waterloo Road. Chlo goes to see a psychologist regarding her confession to driving the limo on the night of the crash, adamant that she caused it. However, the psychologist is concerned that there is something more, and confides her suspicions to Izzie.
7 Episode Seven Shaun Duggan Jim Loach 20 April 2006 4.33
Jack, Andrew and Kim have organised an Open Day at Waterloo Road as a last-ditch attempt to impress the LEA and keep the school gates open. Meanwhile, thug Lewis corners Kim during detention. He's aggressive and suggestive and Kim begins to panic. They are totally alone with no witnesses – how far will Lewis go? Meanwhile Izzie wants Tom to tell Lorna about their relationship.
8 Episode Eight Ann McManus & Maureen Chadwick Jim Loach 27 April 2006 4.47
It is the final day of reckoning for Waterloo Road as they await the decision of the LEA – will they close the school? Tensions are running very high. Kim is severely traumatised after the incident with bully Lewis. She has doubts as to whether she can continue teaching, but Andrew is determined not to let her leave Waterloo Road. It's icy in the staffroom between Lorna and Izzie. Lorna puts a tough face on, but beneath her cool exterior she feels her life has lost all meaning.

Series 2 (2007) Edit

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

# Episode Writer Director Original airdate U.K viewers
(millions)
9 Episode One Ann McManus & Maureen Chadwick Barnaby Southcombe 18 January 2007 4.93
A brand new term sees wealthy sponsor, Roger Aspinall divide loyalties when he clashes with Jack over plans to turn the school into a super academy. Tom and Izzie get the shock of their lives and Kim finally has a romantic evening out with Andrew.
10 Episode Two Ann McManus & Maureen Chadwick Barnaby Southcombe 25 January 2007 N/A
Jack lets Andrew do his worst 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 1 February 2007 N/A
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 8 February 2007 4.77
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 15 February 2007 4.45
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 schoolgirl crush and Lorna receives some devastating news.
14 Episode Six Phil Ford Farren Blackburn 22 February 2007 4.64
Tom's career 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 1 March 2007 4.64
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 4.76
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 4.85
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 escalates.
18 Episode Ten Harriet Warner David Innes Edwards 12 April 2007 5.09
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 19 April 2007 4.77
The school's healthy eating initiative goes out of 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 26 April 2007 5.06
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 success 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 U.K viewers
(millions)
21 Episode One Harriet Warner Marc Jobst 11 October 2007 5.00
As the gates open for a new term at Waterloo Road the school is firmly in the spotlight following the murder of drama teacher, Izzie Redpath. Although Jack has won a national bravery award, he secretly blames himself for Izzie's death. Meanwhile, Steph is relishing her new position as head of pastoral care, but disaster looms as a new pupil, Karla Bentham, who has Asperger syndrome, is placed in her less-than-capable hands. Utter chaos ensues when Grantly is on the receiving end of one of Karla's violent outbursts, leaving new Deputy Eddie Lawson to pick up the pieces. Tom Clarkson faces fresh troubles when Chlo skips school to marry Donte Charles.
22 Episode Two Lisa Holdsworth Marc Jobst 18 October 2007 4.70
Not convinced by Steph's self-serving 'advice' to let it be, Jasmine Koreshi decides to trust her instinct and shares her concern about Paul Langley with deputy Eddie Lawson. Her suspicions are confirmed when Eddie finds Paul after a beating he literally asked for. When a big knife is reported to be missing from the school cafeteria the situation escalates.
23 Episode Three David McManus, Annie Bruce & James Simpson Dermot Boyd 25 October 2007 4.39
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 1 November 2007 5.11
Matt Wilding injures himself in an effort to help wounded pupil, Ben McNulty, and is surprised when the boy recoils in horror as he bandages him. The situation becomes 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 8 November 2007 5.08
It's a day of heartbreak at Waterloo Road. Donte is on the warpath after finding his wife, Chlo in bed with Brett. Steph needles Jack his impending 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, the truth won't break them up, will it?
26 Episode Six David McManus Luke Watson 15 November 2007 4.89
Jack's called to account for past decisions and financial acrobatics, facing the biggest challenge of his career. Tom struggles to keep his new family together with his step-daughters hating each other and separated from their partners. Grantly's gambling spirals out of control.
27 Episode Seven David McManus Martin Hutchings 22 November 2007 5.04
Everyone at Waterloo Road is still reeling after the shocking resignation of Jack. Everyone 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, newly appointed Head Teacher.
28 Episode Eight Lisa Holdsworth Marc Jobst 29 November 2007 4.61
Eddie is keen to prove Rachel wrong with his 'bad boys' wilderness 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 6 December 2007 4.84
A police investigation kicks off when Janeece Bryant and Karla Bentham make a shocking discovery during an archaeological dig. Speculations run rampant and the school might even harbour a murderer. Rachel forces Eddie to confront issues from his past while Mika shares a secret with Brett.
30 Episode Ten Liz Lake Laurence Moody 13 December 2007 4.87
Matt's thrown into a panic when Rachel announces the school musical is to be performed earlier in the day for a VIP audience, without a proper rehearsal. It doesn't help that a student feeling snubbed plans to sabotage the important staging. Eddie's ex turns up out of the blue.
Spring Term
31 Episode Eleven Lisa Holdsworth Jenny Ash 10 January 2008 5.46
Rachel and Matt take four boys at risk on a day trip to prison, attempting to show them the realities of a life of crime. Ringleader Bolton Smilie tells tales about his dad's easy life as a powerful inmate and sees the trip as a laugh: not for long though. Meanwhile the rest of the school is doing mock exams and faced with the teachers derision of student's fears about their performance Eddie challenges the staff to re-sit one themselves.
32 Episode Twelve Danny McCahon Jenny Ash 17 January 2008 4.95
Darren Briggs sends Davina flowers and asks her out for dinner, supposedly as a thank you for helping his dyslexic son Darren Jnr. achieve better grades. She's initially flattered by his interest but when he becomes more intrusive she makes it clear she's seeing someone. Unfortunately, Darren Briggs doesn't seem to be able to take 'no' for an answer. Rachel is visited by entrepreneur and property bidder Stuart Hordley, who presents her with a shocking proposition.
33 Episode Thirteen Nick Hoare Mike Adams 24 January 2008 4.85
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. Janeece leaves her work experience at her dream job in a spectacular manner and gets a second chance in a care home with Maxine where she surprises herself and others with unexpected talents, taking to resident Bessie, played by Rosemary Leach, and helpless dementia patients.
34 Episode Fourteen Doug Watson Mike Adams 31 January 2008 4.93
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 and starts wooing her – but how genuine is he?
35 Episode Fifteen Michael Jenner Julie Edwards 7 February 2008 5.08
Matt's mother, Susan Wilding, suddenly announces she's on her way to visit and, in a panic, Matt quickly removes all traces of partner Colin from their flat. When the sixth formers are on work experience at Colin's company, Matt tells Colin that he wants him to move out for a few days since he's never told his parents about his sexuality. Maxine overhears and sends a text message back to the whole school, outing Matt as gay.
36 Episode Sixteen David McManus Julie Edwards 14 February 2008 5.46
Grantly is even more curmudgeonly than usual when he's asked to supervise Waterloo Road's bad boys alongside minxy duo Aleesha Dillon and Danielle Harker to cater for the Governors' AGM lunch. Meanwhile, it's the last day for supply teacher Wilson Bingham with whom Janeece has fallen in love with. She informs her stunned friends they're together and won't need to keep their love secret anymore after this day. Janeece ignores her friends warnings and leaves for a hotel for their first time, while the teachers find it hard to reconcile their growing suspicions about a sexual predator in their midst with the popular and competent Wilson. The tension between Eddie and Rachel reaches breaking point
37 Episode Seventeen Gert Thomas Laurence Moody 21 February 2008 4.85
Mika, frustrated by Tom ignoring her requests to go on an environmental protest, takes her eco-warrior plans with Brett to another level, on the building site of the new Training Centre. Their protest takes a dangerous turn when Mika's online-contacts, willing to do violence, show up to help.
38 Episode Eighteen Fleur Costello Laurence Moody 28 February 2008 5.14
When immigration officers arrive at Waterloo Road, Rachel learns that Sameen Azizi's family are being held in a detention centre and are due to be deported to Iran later that day. Sameen has escaped the centre and hid at the school, after her mother begged her to flee and finish her education in England. With Aleesha and Danielle she barricades herself in the changing rooms. Sameen's not going without a fight.
39 Episode Nineteen Danny McCahon Richard Standeven 6 March 2008 5.24
Donte sees Davina getting into a swanky car and is shocked to see the driver is his old headmaster, Jack Rimmer. Jack, who has overcome his demons resulting from Izzie's death, is excited to have heard from Davina. He tells her about his new well-paid job as headteacher of an international school in Dubai, inviting her to accompany him. Will she come with him or stay to work things out with Tom? Steph's latest attempt at finding a sponsor for the school ends in near disaster.
40 Episode Twenty Lisa Holdsworth Richard Standeven 13 March 2008 5.47
It's the final day of term at Waterloo Road, and the school is pitted against a rival school in the spelling bee championships and the girls football. Stuart Hordley, enraged at the loss of all his business, returns to the school determined to expose Rachel's past to the school. A member of the Waterloo Road exam board visits the school, as the plagiarism scandal instigated by Maxine Barlow comes to their attention. As he was the only member of staff who knew of the cheating, Grantly Budgen decides to meet the exam board head on, determined not to let anyone else find out about his actions. Tragedy is in store as Hordley throws a smouldering fag-end into the bins filled with paper. As they burst into flames it ignites a leaky gas canister, leading to a massive explosion and sending a fireball ripping through the school's canteen.

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 U.K viewers
(millions)
41 Episode One Lisa Holdsworth Minkie Spiro 7 January 2009 4.69
Rachel is keen to start the new term with a clean slate and no more mistakes. New pupil Earl Kelly, however, ensures that Waterloo Road experiences one of the worst days in its history.
42 Episode Two David McManus Minkie Spiro 14 January 2009 4.85
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 N/A
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/A
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 N/A
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 4.85
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 N/A
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 4.85
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 4.81
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 4.44
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 4.92
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 4.95
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 4.86
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 4.51
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 4.60
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 4.93
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 4.62
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 4.76
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 4.54
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. Meanwhile, despite Marley returning the money Ralph bribed him before, Ralph goes too far with Marley, by giving him a surprise smash on the way to school.
60 Episode Twenty Lisa Holdsworth Keith Boak 20 May 2009 4.94
In the season finale (and the US series finale), 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 28 October 2009 (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 U.K viewers
(millions)
61 Episode One Ann McManus Matthew Evans 25 October 2009 5.06
It's all change at Waterloo Road as it has merged with local private school John Fosters, which was forced to close when wealthy parents could no longer afford the fees. As a result, around 100 new pupils are enrolled at Waterloo Road and neither the "posh" John Fosters pupils nor the "scuzzy" Waterloo Road kids are happy about it. The playground divisions are echoed in the staffroom as many of the old John Fosters team have been ushered in to ensure the smooth transition, much to the annoyance of the existing staff. Let the battle commence!
62 Episode Two Maureen Chadwick Matthew Evans 4 November 2009 5.97
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 5.78
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 5.10
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 5.40
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 4.54
New deputy head Christopher Mead becomes the focus of unwelcome romantic attention when his Year 10 fan club become increasingly brazen. Chris 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 Chris 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 5.21
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 N/A
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 N/A
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 5.30
The governors have arrived at Waterloo Road to inspect the merger. Little does Rachel realise that Max intends to spend the day convincing them to fire her. Rachel and Max have a showdown in front of the governors, each blaming the other for the merger's failings; it's clear that they're not capable of working together. Sick of fighting a turf war with Max, a defeated Rachel hands in her resignation, believing her departure will at least provide some stability at Waterloo Road. However, Rachel's nephew, Phillip Ryan admits that Max has been abusive towards him and Kim reveals it all. Meanwhile Ruby runs an eventful talent show and Josh decides he wants to take a big step with Tom.
Spring Term
71 Episode Eleven Maureen Chadwick Matthew Evans 7 April 2010 5.13
Rachel is determined to put the chaos caused by Max Tyler's dramatic departure firmly behind them. But for Kim it is not so easy to forget as she reveals that she is expecting Max's baby. It's year eight pupil Bianka Vale's birthday but the only present she wants is to spend time with her dad, Gary, who has separated from her mum. When Gary turns up at school Bianka is delighted to see him and persuades Grantly to allow her to leave with him. What Grantly doesn't realise is that there is a court order out against Gary, banning him from having unsupervised access to his children. Meanwhile, new pupil Finn Sharkey makes his presence felt, quickly making friends with Josh and Amy through his lack of respect for boundaries.
72 Episode Twelve David McManus Matthew Evans 14 April 2010 4.90
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 Sambuca 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 Sasha Hails Tim Hopewell 21 April 2010 5.13
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 5.33
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 5.31
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 4.49
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 3.55
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/A
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 an attractive longtime friend who wants more whilst on the trip. Kim is jealous and when Chris tells his friend that he's in love with Kim, she confronts her, after which Kim goes into premature labour alone and helpless. 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 4.84
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 4.47
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. 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 U.K viewers
(millions)
81 Episode One Lisa Holdsworth Fraser MacDonald 1 September 2010 5.53
The arrival of dynamic new head teacher Karen Fisher heralds a fresh start for the school. Opinionated and ambitious, Karen is determined to bring change, making Waterloo Road a safe and vibrant place to learn. However, Karen's steely exterior masks a deeper fragility as she and her family wrestle with a recent tragedy. Karen's first challenge at the school arrives in the form of the Kirbys – sixth-former Jonah and 13-year-old genius Ruth – who have both been home-schooled by their father, Marcus. Marcus's ex-wife, Hannah, wants her children to experience mainstream schooling, but he has little faith in the state education system. While Jonah relishes the opportunity to make new friends and have new experiences, high-achiever Ruth feels she's got little to learn and soon takes matters into her own hands by running away.
82 Episode Two Louise Ironside Fraser MacDonald 2 September 2010 4.42
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 4.66
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 5.16
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 4.82
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 4.98
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 Sambuca 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 4.87
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 him, Josh 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 4.89
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 5.11
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) 4.48
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 5.54
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 5.44
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, Brooke. 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 Goss Fraser MacDonald 16 February 2011 5.29
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 5.16
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 5.53
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. Sambuca Kelly returns to the school.
96 Episode Sixteen Ellen Taylor Robert Knights 9 March 2011 5.54
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, Sambuca 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 Ryan Craig Jon Sen 16 March 2011 5.67
The corridors of Waterloo Road are buzzing with talk of Finn and Ronan's illegal party, but the boy's bragging ends up alienating the only two girls they want to show up: Sambuca Kelly and Vicki MacDonald. 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 escalate out of control, and it is up to Tom to save the day. 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. Bex prepares to run away with Hodge, even though Jess pleads with her to stay. When Karen finds out about Bex's plan, she enlists the help of Chris to track down her daughter. But when an increasingly desperate Hodge takes both Jess and Bex captive, there is a dramatic showdown.
98 Episode Eighteen Liz Lake Jon Sen 23 March 2011 5.27
Cesca and Jonah make a decision that will change their lives for ever and Grantly and Ruby form an unlikely creative partnership. Ronan's mentor, Dan, a modelling industry professional, proves to be a big hit with the ladies when he is brought in to judge the school fashion show. That is, with the exception of Adanna, who takes an instant dislike to him. When Ronan teams up with Bex, Jess and Vicki for the event, he notices Vicki's lack of confidence and convinces Dan to single her out for attention. However, his well-intended plan soon spirals out of control. Cesca goes to a clinic to have a termination while Jonah tries to dissuade her.
99 Episode Nineteen Georgia Pritchett Julie Edwards 30 March 2011 5.21
The secrecy surrounding Cesca's relationship with Jonah is finally lifted when she hands in her resignation to Karen. Elsewhere, Adanna unveils her latest plan to unite the sexes; Denzil conducts a life-threatening stunt; and creative differences threaten Ruby and Grantly's writing partnership. In a bid to finally go public with her relationship with Jonah, Cesca hands her notice in to a shocked Karen and Chris with a fabricated story about her father being sick. However, when a series of events arouses Chris's suspicions, he follows the pair and finally uncovers the truth, sending shockwaves through Waterloo Road and bringing the wrath of both Karen and Marcus.
100 Episode Twenty Philip Dodds Julie Edwards 6 April 2011 5.02
It's the day of the Waterloo Road pantomime and there's drama both on and off-stage as Finn gets Kyle purposely kicked off the cast, Cesca and Jonah rush to get married and Denzil's latest stunt ends in tragedy. When Finn goads Kyle into a fight, he gets Kyle kicked off the cast and takes the leading role himself – much to Sambuca's disgust. The bickering continues between Finn and Sambuca and, as the script veers unexpectedly off course, Kyle and Denzil exact an explosive payback, sending Adanna's good intentions up in smoke.

Series 7 (2011–12) Edit

Autumn Term
# Episode Writer Director Original airdate UK viewers
(millions)
101 Episode One Philip Dodds Andrew Gunn 4 May 2011 5.67
A new term at Waterloo Road gets off to a noisy start when Karen arrives to discover the alarm going off and her new site manager, Rob Scotcher, taking a laid-back approach to the problem. When a Year 12 pupil abandons and then claims her baby, Karen is concerned for the girl, her child and the dark secret she's keeping. New teachers Eleanor Chaudry and Daniel Chalk want to make a good impression, but the kids aren't going to give them an easy ride. "Chalky" is instantly marked out as a soft target, while Ms Chaudry's strict rules land Sambuca Kelly in the "cooler". What Eleanor sees as unruly behaviour in Sambuca is just a personality clash according to Tom, but her erratic behaviour gives cause for concern.
102 Episode Two Liz Lake Andrew Gunn 11 May 2011 6.01
Year 12 pupil Martin Dunbar is branded a pervert by his classmates when he's caught poring over a lingerie magazine and creeping around the girls' changing rooms. Josh tries to help in the face of aggression by Finn and Chris thinks something's not right. While Karen thinks it's typical teenage behaviour, the truth is more complicated. Sambuca and her mum have to face a harsh reality when they discover what's been causing her recent headaches. While neither is ready to admit to anyone else what's going on, Sambuca finds a confidante in an unlikely place.
103 Episode Three Katie Douglas Jill Robertson 18 May 2011 5.87
When Amy discovers she has a stalker she feels like a celebrity – but the novelty soon wears off as things get personal and she decides to take her own revenge. But when Eleanor reveals who the stalker is, her handling of the situation gives Karen grounds for concern – and an irate parent in her office. Meanwhile, the sixth formers turn the cameras on themselves for their English project and, while Ronan uses his film to show Vicki his real feelings, Finn and Josh get into trouble over their action-packed film-making.
104 Episode Four Chris Murray Jill Robertson 25 May 2011 6.12
When new girl Evie Prior arrives at Waterloo Road, something about her story doesn't quite add up. It's not long before she's upsetting her classmates and causing problems for Karen. Evie tries to empathise with Finn, who's devastated by girlfriend Sambuca's terminal illness. But when Evie's story unravels and the truth is revealed, the school is forced to deal with the fallout. Meanwhile, it's appraisal time for the overconfident Eleanor and the nervous Daniel Chalk. Karen sits in on their classes and finds room for improvement for both teachers. But has she got it in for Ms Chaudry?
105 Episode Five Carol Ann Docherty & Aileen Goss Julie Edwards 1 June 2011 4.59
It's launch day for Karen's new community café and she's invited the Director of Education along. But with nervous teacher Daniel Chalk in charge, will the café be ready in time? Twins Shona and Rhona are acting up in class, because they're caught in the middle of a bitter custody battle between their mum and gran. As the court makes its decision, the twins' gran takes matters into her own hands, with a stunt that could jeopardise the café launch.
106 Episode Six Liz Lake Julie Edwards 8 June 2011 6.20
Sambuca is keen to find the father she's never known before she dies, and secretly enlists the help of Lauren and Finn on a quest to Blackpool. But when she most needs someone to rely on, will Sam be disappointed? After a run of bad publicity, Karen is keen to promote a positive image of Waterloo Road and hires PR woman Linda Wickes to put a positive spin on things. Will Karen recognise her school after Linda's given it a makeover? And when Richard Whitman, the Director of Education, arrives unannounced, he makes no secret of his disapproval of both the PR launch and Karen's professionalism.
107 Episode Seven Julie Dixon Joss Agnew 15 June 2011 5.96
Exam fever hits the sixth form and, with Richard Whitman on a personal vendetta to close Waterloo Road, there's a lot riding on the exams going well. But things don't get off to a smooth start: Vicki's got more than exam nerves to deal with – she's discovered she's pregnant with Aiden's child. But his solution to Vicki's dilemma causes more problems than it solves, as Ronan takes the blame for their rash actions. It's the day of Sambuca's memorial service and everyone's on edge. As Finn empties Sam's locker Lauren and Amy help him to appreciate the sentimental value of the little things that are left behind. At the memorial service Denzil struggles with his grief, especially when new girl Scout inadvertently steals Sam's jumper, while Jess makes her own shock admission.
108 Episode Eight Davey Jones Joss Agnew 22 June 2011 5.88
Karen starts to doubt Chris's judgement when he tries to help newcomer Scout. She's unwashed, hungry and sleeping in class, and when Chris finds out that she's working as a drug courier he steps in to rescue her from her feckless family. But he finds himself in trouble both with Karen and the police as he tries to do right by Scout. The staff worry about redundancies as a warning notice is served on Waterloo Road, but Karen assures them she intends to appeal against it. With Eleanor Chaudry still spying on the school, Richard Whitman has plenty of inside knowledge that could help him close down the school.
109 Episode Nine David McManus Brian Kelly 29 June 2011 5.92
It's decision day at Waterloo Road as the staff nervously await the Local Authority's decision on whether to close the school. Pressure grows on Eleanor as she realises the consequences of her actions and Karen discovers her duplicity. Meanwhile, Chris stirs up some healthy competition between the staff and Year 10s as they pull on their wellies to help with a community garden project. But he's quickly sucked back in to dealing with Scout's dysfunctional life as her mum leaves her and brother Liam home alone.
110 Episode Ten Nick Hoare Brian Kelly 6 July 2011 6.04
The whole school gears up to face an independent inspection. But when the lead inspector discovers that Chris has allowed a pupil to spend the night at his house, it's Karen's job that's on the line. As the staff do their best to rally round, Jess issues Eleanor with an ultimatum: if she really wants to save Waterloo Road, she needs to take action. With Scout and her brother Liam's mum still missing they face being taken into care. Scout takes matters into her own hands and decides to run away. But with the police, Chris and a drug dealer in pursuit, it's not going to be easy.
Spring Term
111 Episode Eleven Davey Jones Andrew Gunn 14 September 2011 5.35
New headmaster Michael Byrne arrives at Waterloo Road with big ambitions to improve the school, bringing with him a team of high-achieving teachers including newly-weds Jez and Sian Diamond and former Waterloo Road teacher Matt Wilding. Left scarred by a pupil's knife attack at his last school, the new head is called to court to hear the verdict of the trial. Elsewhere, Phoenix and Harley Taylor struggle to hide the death of their nan and Finn begins to show an interest in newcomer Trudi, sister of the nearby estate's ringleader Tariq Siddiqui.
112 Episode Twelve Ann McManus & Eileen Gallagher Andrew Gunn 21 September 2011 4.24
Jez and Sian plan a dinner party for the staff, but are shocked when Jez's estranged children arrive. At the school, Michael clashes with Grantly and Matt and Scout bond over guitar lessons. Michael also attempts to reunite the Taylors with their father, and Vicki decides to re-take her science A-Levels.[1]
113 Episode Thirteen Jake Riddell Julie Edwards 28 September 2011 5.02
New Head of English Linda Radleigh arrives at Waterloo Road to Grantly's fury. Tasked with keeping an eye on Emily while her sister is released from prison, she soon faces difficulties. Meanwhile, Chalky tries to impresse Janeece by signing up to Jez's Fit Club, and Michael spends time with Sian.[2]
114 Episode Fourteen David McManus Julie Edwards 5 October 2011 4.50
It's the day of Waterloo Road's rugby clash with St Mary's and Jez, under pressure to deliver the morale-boosting victory that he's promised Michael, enlists the help of combative ex-pro Ken Watling. When Ken orders that Zack be dropped from the team, Jez reluctantly agrees. Meanwhile, between a stressed-out Vicki and Ronan and when Vicki injures herself, Sian becomes suspicious that Ronan is hitting his girlfriend. Phoenix, meanwhile, is over the moon when Nelson presents him with a moped for his birthday, and later that night professional boundaries are crossed for Linda and Michael when she makes him an indecent proposal...[3]
115 Episode Fifteen Jess Williams Reza Moardi 12 October 2011 4.60
Matt has organised a special orchestra project and is irked when Michael insists that Tariq is included. Michael himself is trying to keep his distance from Linda and is troubled when Sian accepts Linda's help to input the grades. His instinct proves correct when Linda confesses to Sian about their tryst, but Sian's reaction to the news provokes unexpected consequences that could have serious implications for her marriage. Michael's world is rocked even further by the sudden arrival of Wayne. Meanwhile, Scout is over the moon when Mia, a mid-twenties MS sufferer, offers her the position as a live-in carer, but Em's recklessness threatens to jeopardise everything.
116 Episode Sixteen Ben Ockrent Reza Moardi 19 October 2011 5.31
When Madi is mugged on the way into school, an enraged Jez responds by starting boxing classes, but these prove short-lived after Zack floors Harley and Michael intervenes. Tariq, meanwhile, has been tasked with recruiting prefects, but Michael changes tack after seeing Tariq's ju-jitsu moves on Jez, instructing him to lead self-defence classes instead. In a rare moment of mutual understanding Tariq confesses to Finn that he was bullied while he was in the young offenders unit, but the pair's new friendship doesn't last long when Tariq discovers the truth about Finn and Trudi's relationship. Meanwhile, Michael is under pressure after concealing the CCTV footage of his altercation with Wayne, and Linda's wayward pet rabbit, Roger, causes mayhem when it is set loose in the school.
117 Episode Seventeen Chris Murray Alex Kalymnios 26 October 2011 4.49
Michael is appreciative of Sian's support when a newspaper article announces his salary. He then confides in her about his house being broken into, but is alarmed when footage of his fight with Wayne is emailed to him anonymously. Meawhile, Tom is irked when he learns that a teaching assistant, Greg, has been brought in by Linda to help him. When Greg's background and knowledge of English literature doesn't quite ring true, a suspicious Tariq lays a trap for him.
118 Episode Eighteen Philip Gawthorne Alex Kalymnios 2 November 2011 5.56
Margaret Harker, the wife of a local entrepreneur, is visiting the school to consider if she should make a sizeable donation to Waterloo Road. However, Michael finds it hard to keep focused when he discovers that it is Phoenix who has been emailing him the footage of him leaving an injured Wayne on the roadside. When a panicked Sian tells Michael that Linda knows about their affair, he struggles to keep up his professional façade in front of the important visitor. New pupil Freddie is hoping to make a full recovery after his heart transplant but his enthusiasm about being back in mainstream school makes him an easy target in class and he brushes up against Denzil and Phoenix who think he's a little "freak". Meanwhile, Scout and Emily's rebellious behaviour continues and they both get matching tattoos. Ronan and Finn try to mend their broken hearts by planning to get some girls at Phoenix's house party, but this goes wrong when Finn gets drunk and embarrasses himself in front of Trudi. Chalky has more luck in love when Linda, jealous of Michael and Sian, agrees to go on a date with him. After an awkward start, they end up having a fun night.
119 Episode Nineteen Muirinn Lane Kelly Fraser MacDonald 9 November 2011 5.41
Waterloo Road welcomes Viv O'Donnell, a local radio DJ, who has arrived to host her live radio show at the school. Everyone's excited about having a masterclass in radio journalism from a chat show supremo; everyone, that is, except her daughter Andi, a loner in Scout and Emily's class, who shies away from her mum's limelight. Sian and Michael wake up late, having spent the night together in a hotel. Jez, meanwhile, is trying to move past his suspicions but he steals Sian's car keys to check her GPS, only to discover that she has lied about her whereabouts and had really been at a hotel. He confronts Sian, who breaks down with guilt and confesses to the affair. Trudi gets a raw deal from Finn when it accidentally comes out that her dad has marriage plans for her with a family friend. And Tariq comes to Chalky's aid when he burns his surprise dinner for Linda.
120 Episode Twenty Nick Hoare Fraser MacDonald 16 November 2011 4.88
The last day of term starts badly for Michael when he finds a threatening note on the dashboard of his car. Meanwhile, Jez's unexpected arrival during the staff briefing scuppers any hope that the prize-giving will be the focus of the day. Grantly informs a rattled Michael that Jez will be making a formal complaint to the governors about his affair with Sian and matters come to a head when Jez pulls Madi and Zack out of class to take them to Ireland. As they drive off, Wayne slips in to school with revenge on his mind and Michael finally gets a chance to confront his stalker. Elsewhere, Emily tries desperately to prevent Scout from moving away with her foster parents and Ronan and Vicki say goodbye to Waterloo Road. In the final moments of the episode, Michael is ran over by Linda. As she gets out of the car, she tells him, "It's over Michael. We could have been so good together."
Summer Term
121 Episode Twenty-One Jake Riddell Jonathan Fox Bassett 22 February 2012 5.50
Following Michael's hit-and-run, Jez is the prime suspect. However, after Chalky's suspicions are aroused Linda finds herself under scrutiny. Meanwhile, Sian is acting headteacher and faces the infiltration of new gang the DSC. DSC member Mason Price threatens Tariq's fresh start as the gang targets Finn, and Grantly criticises the work of dinner lady Maggie Croft, but also learns how to make easy money.[4]
122 Episode Twenty-Two Davey Jones Jonathan Fox Bassett 29 February 2012 4.77
Hoping to start a career in modelling, Lauren attempts to raise money for surgery. Michael is impressed when Trudi protests against his anti-gang measures, Tom tackles Josh's problem with drugs and Matt faces fatherhood sooner than expected.[5]
123 Episode Twenty-Three Simon J Ashford Daikin Marsh 7 March 2012 5.18
Josh's promise to quit drugs for good is tested when his charismatic dealer Grady gets in touch and his drug problem starts to spiral out of control. Tom is tasked with overseeing the selection process for the new Head of English. Candidate, Nicki's disciplinarian approach gets results, but Tom takes offence when she offers him some words of advice about Josh. When Nicki later chases down Grady, Tom offers her the role. Meanwhile, it's touch and go for Matt's baby daughter Martha, and Grantly's at a loss when he mislays a large sum of money.
124 Episode Twenty-Four Sally Tatchell Daikin Marsh 14 March 2012 4.92
Zack is convinced that Jez isn't his father and undertakes a DNA test to confirm his suspicions. Jez is devastated when he finds out, but discovers that he shares Zack's paternity anxieties. As they wait for the results, Jez takes the opportunity to tell Zack that he loves him no matter what and the pair are brought closer together. Meanwhile, when Josh's behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, Nicki urges Tom to seek professional help. Josh is referred to a psychiatrist by the GP, who explains to Tom that it could be schizophrenia. Elsewhere, Matt fears he could lose Martha when he learns that Rosie is moving away with Alex, Grantly and Maggie are left high and dry when the cosmetics company goes bust, while Trudi feels guilty when she forgets the anniversary of her mother's death
125 Episode Twenty-Five Matthew Evans Steve Hughes 21 March 2012 5.21
Grantly is dismayed at Fleur's deteriorating health and, after some advice from Maggie, decides to take action. Fleeing Waterloo Road, he takes Fleur away from her nursing home to a cottage near where they honeymooned, in the hope it will jog her memory. A concerned Tom follows, but finds Grantly regretting his decision – he needs to accept that his wife has gone. Back at the nursing home, Grantly and Fleur share a tender moment before she slips away. Meanwhile, Trudi's world is plunged into crisis by the shock discovery that she's pregnant. Elsewhere, Nicki encourages Tom to be honest with Josh about his mental health issues.[6]
126 Episode Twenty-Six Alanna Hallum Steve Hughes 28 March 2012 4.97
It's the day of the school fun run and Jez's star athlete Mercedes has been training hard to impress him. When Mercedes is injured on the run she persuades Jez to take her home and – misreading the signs – tries to kiss him. Jez's life starts to unravel and Sian later admits her true feelings about their relationship. Meanwhile, relationships are tense as Trudi makes a decision about Finn. Whilst Craig declares his love for Janeece in front of everybody, he asks Janeece a life changing question. Elsewhere, Grantly returns to work, barely a week after the loss of his wife. Meanwhile during the fun run Kyle and Tariq qet into an alteration with Eugene Garvey Mercedes Brother and leader of a rival gang of the DSC called the MSB(Murray Set Boyz) and then almost getting into a fight at school only to be chased by Mr Byrne and Mr Chalk,while Mr Byrne reveals his fear that he might have let a turf war onto waterloo road.
127 Episode Twenty-Seven Chris Murray Paul Murphy 4 April 2012 5.08
It's the start of exam season at Waterloo Road and Josh is struggling to cope with the workload. Without his medication, his mental health begins to spiral out of control. Josh becomes obsessed with an old plague pit underneath the school and when some of the girls play a trick on him, he starts to believe that spirits are trying to contact him. Soon, his behaviour starts to spiral out of control, and an ambulance is called. Meanwhile, it's the day of Janeece's wedding and nothing sees to be going right. The reception venue doesn't have a record of her booking and she can't get hold of her fiancé Craig. Elsewhere, Jez moves out and Trudi is due to have her baby terminated but backs out on the idea and later has a miscarriage. The truth about Craig is soon revealed and he goes with Janeece's possessions.Meanwhile Kyle and Tariq's actions towards Finn make him turn to an unlikely source to get back at Tariq.
128 Episode Twenty-Eight Chris Bucknall Paul Murphy 11 April 2012 5.03
On the morning of her art exam, student Shelby is desperate for alcohol, having spilt her secret stash of vodka. She makes it to the exam, but without managing to get her fix, she struggles to concentrate. Knowing that she has failed, Shelby suggests to Madi that they go to the pub to celebrate Madi's 18th birthday. At the same time, Alan Dixon is at Waterloo Road to conduct a review for the Local Education Authority, but things aren't looking good for the school when he sees what state Shelby and Madi are in – Shelby is his daughter. Meanwhile, Jez realises he needs to prioritise his relationship with his children, and Kyle oversteps the line when he is caught selling illegal vodka shots, punching Nikki in the face and being permanently excluded. Elsewhere, Janeece is led to drastic measures as she struggles financially, Finn falls further under the influence of the murray set spray painting a MSB tag outside of Tariq's house, and a former pupil of Michael's arrives with a very interesting offer, and Finn leaves the school in anger so he can be with Eugene and the gang.
129 Episode Twenty-Nine Davey Jones Dermot Boyd 18 April 2012 5.25
At school, Scout becomes jealous when Danilo flirts with Em, and calls the wedding off. Later, Danilo convinces Scout that he does like her and he thought she didn't like him. Scout decides to go ahead with the marriage, even though Phoenix tries to persuade her not to. When Danilo fails to show up to football practice, Phoenix lets slip to Tom about the marriage and it's a race against time to find the happy couple. Meanwhile, Finn takes advantage of Kyle's expulsion and is caught committing an act of retaliation on Tariq's gang,while the violence between rival gangs the Dale Sken Crew and the Murray Set Boyz intensies. Michael is forced to install extra security measures at the school due to the escalating gang violence. But when the funding is cut and he approaches the LEA to find out why, he discovers the future of the school is under threat. Elsewhere, Lorraine continues to chase Michael about her job offer, Zack struggles with his identity now that his father has gone, and Maggie and Grantly take their relationship to the next level.
130 Episode Thirty Jake Riddell Dermot Boyd 25 April 2012 5.46
The final day dawns on Waterloo Road in Rochdale as Michael arrives to break the news of the schools imminent closure. Pondering the future of the pupils, he discovers that not all of them have received a place at alternative local schools. Reeling from the realisation, Michael tackles the possibility of taking a handful of students with them and asks Lorraine to consider setting up a boarding house at the new school. Elsewhere, Josh returns to school and quickly learns of Finn’s recent involvement in the gang trouble. His worries soon escalate when Eugene and the MSB invade the school to teach Finn a lesson, while Tariq receives a crossbow in the post to which he discovers Kyle has ordered as part of his own revenge against plot. As the school prom gets underway, it’s a race against time to stop Kyle. As Tariq realises the error of his ways, he warns the prom goers of the crossbow just as Kyle takes aim – and Josh arrives to save Finn. Meanwhile Finn and Trudi get back together and Janeece receives a surprising offer. Later, as the schools conversion into new, luxury apartments gets underway, both staff and students considering the move take a trip to Scotland to visit the new school. During a stop-off at the border, the group revel as Grantly proposes to Maggie - just as an out-of-control lorry hurtles towards them.

Series 8 (2012– )Edit

Autumn Term
# Episode Writer Director Original airdate UK viewers
(millions)
131 New Beginnings Ann McManus and Eileen Gallagher Paul Murphy 23 August 2012 4.44
Waterloo Road opens in Scotland, with a number of new pupils and Christine Mulgrew and Audrey McFall joining the staff. Whilst teenage runaway Jade announces to her boyfriend Drew that she is enrolling in the school, Michael and Sian face rivalry from Havelock High headteacher Gerard Findlay. Tom, still unconvinced by the new school, faces Drew's anger, and Christine remains withdrawn until Grantly suggests a trip to the pub. Scout is subjected to a bullying campaign from Rhiannon.
132 Spirit Child Paul Logue Paul Murphy 30 August 2012 4.05
Troublemaker Lula’s home life spills into school as Tom attempts to uncover the root of her disruptive behaviour; a desperate Connor tries to out Christine’s drinking; Josh helps Tariq face up to his disabilities; and Grantly deals with a spate of graffiti at the school house. Lula Tsibi’s homelife is far from happy. Distressed following another heated argument with her Uncle Lionel, Lulu runs to the sanctuary of her school but her behaviour irks the other pupils and gives the teachers cause for concern. Matters come to a head at Denzil’s commemorative ceremony when Lula lashes out at Imogen and Sian. Far from being apologetic, Lula makes some unsettling comments about death. And later, she has a run in with Tariq, hurtfully suggesting his disability is a punishment from God. Tom speaks to Lula’s uncle Lionel. But when Lula hears this she tells Tom her uncle plans to perform an exorcism on her believing she’s possessed. Terrified, she begs Tom to help her. Elsewhere Connor bugs his mother to lay off the alcohol but is met with Christine’s usual hostility. Playing up in class, Connor attempts to shame Christine but it backfires and he’s humiliated in front of his classmates. Concerned, Imogen tells Connor he can’t look after his mother forever – advice which spurs Connor to take drastic action. Grantly is furious when his car is vandalised by Havelock kids but Michael wants to keep the peace and not involve the police. But while Michael attempts to build bridges with rival headteacher Gerard Findlay, Grantly can’t help but rock the boat. Also this week, Josh tries to convince Tariq life is worth living, but Tariq isn’t interested and Sian receives an unexpected visitor at the gates of Waterloo Road.
133 Troubled Waters Jake Riddell Diakin Marsh 6 September 2012 4.47
Tariq is struggling to accept his disability, which gives cause for concern. When encouraged to join in a fight against pupils of rival school, Havelock High, Tariq rejects the offer, claiming that life is too short. He is further unsettled when he finds out that his friends will attend his kayaking trials, so tries to get Phoenix and Gus to arrange a fight against the rival pupils. It is then a race against time for Tom and Michael when Tariq's true intentions are revealed. Also, rival headmaster, Gerard Findlay is determined to discredit Michael by posting an old article about Michael's past all over the school, but is caught by Grantly.
134 Read My Lips Jake Riddell Diakin Marsh 13 September 2012 4.35
It's Imogen's birthday, At school, Imogen is horrified to discover that her fitness guru mum is helping with Tariq's rowing fundraiser. Jealousy rears its ugly head when Christine witnesses a closeness between Connor and Imogen. Worried that Connor might be confiding in Imogen about her drinking habit, Christine snaps at her son. But Connor retaliates - he'll make his mother's life a misery if she doesn't back off. Later, at Imogen's party in the school house, a tipsy Sally turns up uninvited. Sensing Imogen's shame, Connor asks Sally to leave. Feeling protected, Imogen reveals her hidden secret to Connor… Also this week, rival headmaster Gerard makes false claims against Michael, while Sian reaches out to Michael's estranged father Billy.
135 Future Proof Sally Tatchell Paul Cotter 20 September 2012 4.16
Havelock High's Head Girl, Liberty is a rising athletic star and carer to her mum Sandra, who has rheumatoid arthritis. Concerned that Gerard's failing management of the school will ruin her university plans, Liberty secretly blows the lid on her head teacher with a damning story in the local paper. Liberty pleads with Audrey for a place at Waterloo Road before Gerard discovers she was behind the newspaper exposé. While Michael believes it would be wrong to poach Havelock's star pupil, Lorraine strongly disagrees. Under pressure, Gerard's bad press threatens to overshadow Havelock's performance in the first inter-school competition against Waterloo Road. Soon afterwards, when Liberty unwittingly reveals she was responsible for the newspaper article, Gerard snaps. Elsewhere, Janeece is excited after being asked to be Lorraine's PA for a day but fails to spot that Cheryl has chicken-pox. When the child-minder sends Cheryl home sick, Janeece leans on Chalky for help but fails to reveal Cheryl's illness -with far-reaching consequences. Meanwhile,Connor snubs Christine, thinking she's just seeking attention - but after a serious fall, he realises that she may have been telling the truth about being ill. Connor questions whether he can cope with two women in his life and pushes Imogen away.
136 We Need to Talk About Cheryl Gabbie Asher Paul Cotter 27 September 2012 4.31
Late for a meeting with Lorraine, Janeece leaves daughter Cheryl home alone. Later, Chalky discovers Cheryl crying, having hurt herself. He rushes her to A&E, but accidentally drops Janeece in it with social services. Janeece's first attempt at being a PA goes well, and Lorraine hints that she's always looking for new people to join her business. Back at school, though, Michael is livid that Janeece was lured away by Lorraine again. As he reprimands her, Janeece dashes off to the hospital without explanation, not realising that social services want to question her. Returning to Waterloo Road, Janeece fumes that Chalky got her into trouble. Fed up with being used - and worried about Cheryl's welfare - Chalky snaps, delivering some much-needed home truths to Janeece. The confrontation is a catalyst for change as Janeece makes some tough decisions about her future at Waterloo Road and her relationship with Chalky.Meanwhile, Rhiannon's bullying of Scout intensifies as she frames her for stealing. Scout feels increasingly isolated as everyone appears to fall for Rhiannon's ruse - including Maggie. Elsewhere, Christine struggles after her doctor reveals that she has alcoholic hepatitis. Fearful another drink could kill her, she immediately stops - but soon suffers overwhelming withdrawal symptoms, witnessed by a full classroom. Also this week, Sian urges Michael to visit his father and make amends, but her pleas fall on deaf ears, forcing Sian to reveal Billy's shocking secret.
137 A Woman Scorned Chris Murray Fraser MacDonald 4 October 2012 N/A
Maggie calls off the wedding to Grantly, saying they're to busy to get hitched. However, when Scout has suspiciouns something is amiss after hearing Maggie making a secret phone call, Along with Phoenix, she tells Grantly that she thinks there's another man. Their suspicions are confirmed when Grantly confronts Trevor - Maggie's estranged husband. Grantly discovers Maggie is being blackmailed by Trevor, who she never divorced. With their wedding day in Jeopardy, Grantly Hatches a plan to make Maggie his bride, with assistance from Scout and Phoenix. Elsewhere, At The School Gates, Sian arrives to be confronted by Madi, who questions of her whereabout's overnight, Keen to keep her love life quiet, Sian steers the conversation away by noting Madi's belongings dumped - her mum has thrown her out. Later, Madi is drawn by Ray, a good looking businessman who is leading Lorraine's work experience classes. She Sets her sights on Ray, Unaware he is dating Sian. Upset by a phone call from Home, Madi turns to Ray for comfort but misreads his intentions and tries to kiss him. When Ray doesn't recipotate, she is humiliated and vengeful, Madi Posts a rumour on a social networking site that he kissed her, but her lies impact on her friends. Meanwhile, Josh faces his future after Waterloo Road but worries of Tom's reaction.
138 The Price of Love David McManus Fraser MacDonald 11 October 2012 N/A
Quiet student,Morag decides to take participate in Lorraine's bench design competition. She confides in her little brother that, if she wins, their estranged mum might find out and get in touch with them. When Tom turns up to collect Morag's bench design, her father Kai can't resist the opportunity to preach about his Freeganist, anti-money beliefs. But his moral high-ground becomes shaky when he learns the competition carries a substantial cash prize for the winner.Enraged at his daughter's deception, Kai forces Morag to destroy her handcrafted bench. Horrified, Tom decides to take matters into his own hands and secretly helps Morag design another bench, resulting in a clash of beliefs between Kai and Lorraine. Meanwhile,Connor attempts to help Christine by marking her late coursework, but this backfires as he gives everyone a top grade. Suspicious, Audrey confronts Christine about the irregular grades, forcing the English teacher to cover her tracks. Now considering Audrey as the enemy within, Christine lodges a false complaint of bullying against her to Michael.Later, when Connor finds his mother is drinking again, he finds a potentially lethal outlet for his frustrations. Elsewhere, new boy Kevin turns up at Waterloo Road and quickly draws attention to himself, not least from Chalky who suspects the schoolboy is more intelligent than he's letting on. Also this week, Madi tries to persuade Sian to let her spread her wings and leave school, while Billy has a surprising request for Michael to consider.
139 Skin Deep 18 October 2012
Waking from a nightmare, Rhiannon heads to the bathroom where she takes out a small tin. But before she can open it, she's disturbed by rival Scout. Later at school, Rhiannon finds a quiet spot and takes out the tin again, revealing her self-harming kit.Rhiannon's disruptive behaviour in school is noted by Audrey, who excludes her from class. Believing she's compensating for her weight issues by acting the class clown, Audrey urges Rhiannon to join the lunchtime power-walking club. However, when Rhiannon lags behind the others, Audrey asks Scout to look after her enemy. The two girls bicker, but soon start to joke around together. The moment is short-lived, though, as Scout notices blood on Rhiannon's t-shirt. Making Scout promise not to tell anyone, Rhiannon confesses that she cuts herself because it makes her feel better. Meanwhile, as Christine and Audrey's bullying case reaches a climax, they agree to mediation. But when Audrey admits some of her actions could be misconstrued, Christine seizes the opportunity to push the case further. Elsewhere, new boy Kevin takes drastic action to gain credibility with Connor, which threatens his future at Waterloo Road, Sian is horrified to discover that Billy has asked Michael to end his life.

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