King Street Junior

King Street Junior was a long-running BBC drama series which aired between 1985 and 1998. It had a revival in 2002 with King Street Junior Revisited.

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Series 1

1. The New School Year Starts Here

Mr Eric Brown arrives for the first day of his job as a new teacher at King Street Junior School after transferring from the world of private industry. Headmaster Mr Harry Beeston is struggling with staffing however due to a flu bug going around, as well as deal with Mrs Rudd's complaints about the piano not being tuned. At a staff meeting, a rumour is going around that more budget cuts may result in the school being shut down due to their poor performance. While sorting out timetables, Mr Beeston and Mr Holliday are alerted to Mr Warpole who has collapsed in class meaning the school is now five teachers down. At the end of Mr Brown's first day which was somewhat of a struggle, Beeston finally gets to meet Eric and introduces himself.

2. Redeployment

Eric has had a hard day after covering for Mrs Patterson's class, and has a difficult child who is particularly antisocial, so takes to retreating to the staff room. Mr Beeston meanwhile has his own problems with a mysterious visitor - Mr Davison - having arrived, who he discovers is attending from County Hall. Beeston however discovers that he has turned up despite having the flu, to add to the problems of a teacher shortage when Davison sets about redeploying a member of staff to another school. Mrs Rudd is also upset at the piano tuner who accuses her of being tone-deaf and is furthered angered by her missing cup-and-saucer. With an emergency meeting arranged, Beeston sets Mr Davison the task of telling the staff the news himself, which goes on to cause ructions.

3. Crime and Punishment

Beeston is complaining due to children entering the school early, and also finds Mr Holliday is also in early. News also arrives Mrs Stone is off ill which leaves Mr Beeston having to collect the dinner money. Mrs Rudd is also on the war path with complaints that someone has damaged the piano with new boy Sam Simmons being blamed by her after she reprimanded him the previous day. Speaking with Sam's teacher Mr Brown, Beeston discovers that Sam can barely read and is behind other kids the same age, though also actually likes Mrs Rudd. Eric eventually talks to Sam and gets him to admit that he damaged the piano, though home problems complicate the situation when Mr Brown discovers from another child that Sam's dad is abusive.

4. The Principle of the Thing

A staff meeting is scheduled with the upcoming school play on the meeting minutes, with Mr Holliday the usual volunteer taking on the responsibility at the request of everyone else as he usually does a good job. Tackling the topic at meeting time, there are initially no volunteers, so Mr Brown takes on the task much to the surprise of Mr Beeston, while the rest of the staff remain in silence. Mr Brown quickly discovers from Mrs Patterson that he has unwittingly stepped on some toes as Mr Holliday likes to be teased into accepting the role, and also proves to be more upset than initially letting on. Mr Brown's decision to put on a showing of Romeo and Juliet also proved to be somewhat controversial.

5. Scale Points

Mr Holliday is in bed with flu leaving the school without a coach for the football team for an upcoming match. With Mr Beeston due at a meeting, he enlists Mr Brown for the role. Discovering that the team has a reputation for being "savage", Mr Brown wonders about whether he can make them into a more sporting outfit. Meanwhile, the teachers are also discussing "scale points" which are used to set the teachers pay, and with Mr Warpole leaving, his scale points are up for grabs. However, bad news arrives with only one scale point being available as Mr Warpole is not being replaced, though Mrs Patterson in the end wins out which upsets Mrs Rudd who questions whether he recent date with Mr Brown had an influence.

6. Language Units

The children are gossiping about the latest school news which includes the heating system having failed leading the school to be particularly chilly on the coldest day of the year. With Mr Brown having previously worked in the oil industry, Mrs Stone nominates him to attempt a repair while they wait for an engineer. Meanwhile, a proposed language unit for immigrant children, to be headed by a Miss Sope, has Mr Brown taking an interest and wanting to get involved. However, racist parent Mr Ross suggests that the community are against the plans and vows to prevent it from being opened. Mr Beeston however decides to set a few facts straight. The school boiler also continues to pose problems throughout the day.

7. Christmas at King Street

With just one week left until the end of term, the Christmas spirit breaks out in the school with Mr Beeston and the staff setting about arranging what needs to be done for the carol concert, parties, staff dinner, and the post box. Mr Holliday is refusing to reprise his role as Father Christmas, which leaves Mrs Stone again nominating Mr Brown to take over the role, while Mr Beeston is roped into a part in the staff pantomine. Meanwhile, Mr Brown has is concerned with a child, Robert, who appears depressed due to problems at home with an absent father and mother in hospital. Mr Brown sets about taking Robert and his sister Janine to see their mother in hospital. Good news also arrives when Mr Brown finds that Robert's mother is being released from hospital in time for Christmas.

Series 2

1. Priorities

Mr Beeston is chasing delivery of a computer which hasn't yet arrived for the New Years' term. While talking with Mrs Stone, the pair hear a window smash at the end of the corridor to discover Mr Brown setting up his class room and having fell after standing on a chair. With an early staff meeting, Mrs Rudd is her usual complaining self, as Mr Beeston reveals the news about the late-arriving computer which turns up mid-meeting. While his new class are excited about the computer, Mr Brown manages to break another window leaving Mr Beeston to ponder how many more bad things can happen as Mr Long's cabin roof has sprung another leak. The computers life at the school is short-lived however when one of the students slips and knocks it on to a wet floor from the leaking roof.

2. Dispute

Mr Beeston turns up late for a staff meeting for which the staff question the lack of discussion on a potential strike due to funding cuts, which puts a number of staff in contrast to Mrs Rudd who believes the unions only look out for themselves. Also of note is a number of thefts which have occurred around school. The following day, a child reports his socks having been stolen. As another debate occurs about striking, everyone finds Mr Brown agreeing with Mrs Rudd, which puts him in Mrs Patterson's bad books. The thefts continue with Mrs Rudd reporting her handbag missing, and confronting Mr Brown about his discussions with other teachers about the anniversary present collection for her that she doesn't yet know about.

3. Barn Dance

The union dispute is over, though Mr Beeston continues his battle with head of the parent-teacher association, Mrs Wicks. Mr Brown has been nominated to join the committee by the other teachers as their representative. The pair quickly find themselves at loggerheads over the first item on the agenda, before going on to discuss the upcoming barn dance which Mr Brown suggests is old-fashioned, though his idea of a disco angers Mrs Wicks when Beeston casts the deciding vote for a disco. This leads her to throwing her toys out of the pram about there being a lack of quorum, thus ending the meeting. As the news of the argument spreads, Mr Brown sets about canvassing support for his disco as he learns that the fourth year students are offering odds on Mrs Wicks to win, though Mr Brown takes the issue head on.

4. Problem Parents

Rumours of Mrs Perkis retiring put Mr Long and Mr Holliday in a good mood. Mr Beeston also has to cope with the schedule visit of a new community police officer to the school to talk with the children as well as Miss Lewis who seems to have problems at home. Her problems increase when parent Mr Ross turns up during class to accuse two black children of beating up his child. The situation has Mr Brown and Mr Beeston intervene and eventually persuade him to leave. The following day, Miss Lewis is off school, leaving Mr Beeston questioning how he can help her before sending Mrs Stone around to see her who reveals that her mother is unwell and has been in and out of hospital. Police officer Mr McGuiness arrives to give his talk, before he heads to see Mr Ross with some words of advice.

5. The Sound of Music

The school concert is being organised by Mrs Rudd though she ropes Mr Brown into helping out with a situation which will result in the loss of a violin teacher as county hall have cut financial support which will result in talented child Julia missing out. Mr Beeston is also confronted about the situation by Mrs Rudd who accuses him of doing nothing to help and secretly supporting the action despite his protestations. She instead sets about finding support for Julia's violin tutoring, though Mr Beeston's attempts to find a way of underhandedly getting money from county hall leaves Mrs Rudd aghast. At the school recital, Mr Brown and Mrs Patterson come to realise that their relationship isn't working, resulting in them breaking up.

6. Assemblies

The first day of the new term has arrived, leading Mr Beeston to bring news of a change in form to the non-denominational assembly due to the variety of religions. The idea leads Mr Long to be unsure about the idea, and the pair wonder what Mrs Rudd will make of it. Mr Brown also ponders how his teaching is going, and asks why he hasn't been seen by an inspector yet. At school start, half the children appear to be missing which they discover is down to an stomach bug. Mr Beeston also begins to suffer the blowback of his assembly changes from Mr Marchant, though he does have a surprise from Mrs Rudd who is all for the idea. A rumour gets around that an inspector is coming in to see Mr Brown, though the visit ends up centring around Mr Marchant's bigotry about the assemblies.

7. Parents' Evening

Parents' Evening leaves the teachers lamenting having to deal with parents, with Mr Brown worried about how he will fair. Lively supply teacher Mr West is also helping out due to the illness of Mrs Partridge, though a ruckus from his classroom leaves Mr Brown wondering about him. Miss Lewis is also set about the warpath when a computer program is deleted by a mystery person. Mr Brown also discovers Mr West abandoning his class to smoke cigarettes in the staff room, while Mrs Stone has her own problems with him and getting things wrong. As the end of parents' evening approaches, Mr Beeston approaches Mr Brown to see how he is having noticed he has been somewhat unhappy, with Mr Brown revealing his thoughts about Mr West as teacher.

8. The Outing

A trip to the Natural History Museum is planned, and Mr Brown is looking forward to it, though Mr Long less so. Wayne's mother, Mrs Atkins, is supposed to be joining on the trip to help out, but they only find out on the day that she is unwell, leaving the trip in jeopardy. Mr Holliday talks Mr Beeston into joining them though Mrs Stone worries that something may go wrong if he isn't around. On the coach to London, the driver laments having to do school trips, one of the children gets sick from eating too many sweets, while Mr Brown also begins to feel nauseous while looking after the frontend of the coach with Mrs Patterson. Mr Brown is leading his class around the exhibits, though has to deal with a fainting child, while they also discover he has lost a child while preparing to board the coach.

9. Sports Day

Sports day has arrived and the teachers are participating in a sack race at the suggestion of Mr Brown. Mrs Stone also takes to tidying Mr Beeston's office and organising his files, and he puts her mood down to being caused by someone else. Mr Beeston also discovers a note on his desk which reads "I know your secret", which appears to have come from Mrs Rudd, though he soon finds that she was sent the note and demands he do something about it. Mr. Brown also discovers a note on his own desk reading "You will die". The issue is discussed at the next meeting with Miss Lewis revealing she has also had one, which sets about the mystery of finding out who is responsible with all signs pointing to a child. By the end of sports day, Miss Lewis is the winning teacher and the note writer is discovered.

10. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

With one more week until the end of the school year, Mr Brown struggles to contain his class who are having a hyperactive day while Mr Beeston has to prepare himself for a chat with Mrs Rudd who has decided she wants a new piano in time for the new school year. End of year report cards are also being prepared which is keeping everyone busy, while Mr Brown heads to the pub where he meets Mr Hedges, a head teacher from Milford Junior School and receives a job offer. Mrs Patterson is also upset at her PE lesson being kicked out of the hall by Mr Long, leaving Mr Beeston with another problem to resolve which is added to when Mr Brown reveals his job offer. With Mr Brown seriously considering a move, the situation leaves Mr Beeston lamenting the lack of resources for King Street.

Series 3

1. Back to School

The first day of the new school year has arrived, with news about Mr Brown having left for another school, and Mr Beeston expecting a supply teacher Philip Sims to arrive. The Chief Education Officer has also changed due to a retirement, with a Mr Hesketh taking over and being particularly impressed with King Street Junior and the way it is run, and also extending a visit the following day. Mr Sims arrives just in time, and takes his first class out into the world to prime them for their creative writing activity which lands him in a spot of trouble. Other problems include Mrs Rudd arguing about the priority of her choir over the football team, and a mouse escaping from Mr Holliday's classroom. Mr Hesketh also turns up for his inspection and is very impressed by Mr Sims teaching methods.

2. Fireworks

Bonfire Night has arrived, and Mr Sims and Mr Holliday take to arguing about the history of Guy Fawkes. Mrs Rudd however is less in favour of it due to disapproving, as Mr Long suggests that any topic would bring up disagreement in the staff room. The following day, Mr Long's "hut" has been damaged by fire which Mrs Rudd immediately blames on fireworks and children. Nurse Jones also arrives at the school to perform feet inspections on the children, while the police announce to Mr Beeston and Mr Holliday that it appears to be arson due to other schools being targeted. Mr Sims is also questioned due to being the last teacher to leave the premises before the arson which leads to rumours going around the school. Nurse Jones also has problems with Miss Rudd being her usual obstructive self.

3. The Spirit of Christmas

Miss Lewis has to go in for a minor operation near to Christmas, leaving her unable to handle the nativity, and contemplating who should take over. She approaches Mr Sims to handle the job, though isn't quite as happy when he ponders changing things up to accommodate the variety of religions of pupils attending the school. Mr Beeston tackles his new idea, which has evolved into a "space-age nativity" and evokes the wrath of Mrs Rudd. The teachers are also upset about having to give feedback on potential exam changes so close to Christmas. Mr Long also finds his Father Christmas suit has been eaten by moths and has "shrunk". Miss Lewis also finds her operation is cancelled, returns to school and sets about worrying about the nativity play.

4. The History Game

Decorators are still working in the school despite being scheduled to finish over the Christmas holidays, much to the irritation of Mr Beeston. Mr Sims has also been given another one term contract, leading him to suggest a history game for the kids to play which may affect Mr Beeston's attempts to plan the timetable. However, it will require Mr Sims to negotiate with Mrs Rudd, who is peeved at the painters still working the corridors. Mrs Rudd denies Mr Sims request to rearrange her music class from Monday leading Miss Lewis and her class to join in. The painters also report a missing tin of paint and brushes. Mrs Rudd's rejection of the history game has a rumour spread around that Mr Sims and Mr Long believe that she is scared to participate, which leads her to force her way into participating.

5. Pressures

The road is being worked on outside Mrs Stone's office who is struggling to get on with her work. Mr Long also takes to asking Mr Sims advice about a speech he is giving on transport. Mr Beeston also has a busy day due to covering for a unwell teacher. At dinner time, the topic comes up of kids not wanting to go outside at break with Mr Sims coming to believe several children are being bullied in the playground. Mr Sims sets about talking to child Chundha about who is bullying him, and works out a plan to handle the situation. Mrs Stone returns to peace and quiet in the office after storming out the previous day due to the noise. Mr Sims enacts his plan and discovers Carlos is the playground bully, though the plan upsets Mr Long whose class Carlos was in.

6. Facts of Life

At a staff meeting, Mr Beeston discusses the topics of the school holiday and sex education lessons, which Mrs Rudd disapproves of it being taught. She also has a complaint about not being invited to go on the school holiday, despite rejecting going on previously. Mr Sims has his own problems with a child, Gary, who is concerned about his test scores, and reveals his father hits him if he does badly. Mr Beeston has to deal with two parents who have objections to the sex education lessons as well as arrange for the cooker to be fixed which has broken at an inopportune time. Mr Sims also seeks advice about Gary from Mr Beeston, who in turn finds Mrs Patterson is useful at cooker repair. Mrs Rudd's complaints about not being invited on the school holiday also come back to bite her.

7. Under Canvas

The school camping trip is underway, though Mr Holliday in the school minibus has somehow managed to get lost, while the others set about making camp. Eventually arriving late after getting stuck in roadworks, they arrive in time for Mr Sims having been knocked on the shoulder by a flag pole he was trying to put up. With the children settled down for the night, Mrs Rudd is irate at the idea of a pub rota and finds herself outvoted on the plan. When heavy rain starts to fall, Mr Long ends up falling in the river trying to rescue a child's hat and injures himself in the process. Mr Long, Mr Holliday and Mrs Rudd take a trip into the nearby village to find a phone to ring home, though end up still not have arrived back by midnight after the minibus breaks down.

8. The School Fete

Saturday's school fete is ready to go after being organised by Mr Long, with a celebrity appearance. Mr Beeston has other problems when two parents want their child, Sharon, who is in a wheelchair to attend King Street despite the school having a lot of steps and no ramps, leading Miss Lewis sets about finding a way to accommodate Sharon. An outbreak of nits from Edwina in Mr Sims class also brings further problems with the whole school having to be checked by a county hall nurse. The day of the fete arrives, with Mr Long highly stressed and Mr Sims worried about getting wet if the weather changes. The celebrity, John Craven, arrives to open the fete which all goes well. Mr Beeston also makes Mr Sims a permanent contract offer.

Series 4

1. It's Only Rock'n'Roll

A new school year has arrived, with Mr Beeston and Mrs Patterson surprised by Mrs Rudd who has brought in and taken to playing an electric guitar badly. At an early staff meeting, Mr Beeston goes over the topics to reveal that Mr Sims is staying on supply for another year, as well as reports from the police of a child molester in the area, the role of parent-governors applying with only five volunteering, and a twenty percent budget cuts from county hall. Sharon is also coping well after starting at King Street, while Mr Sims discovers some information about the child molester. He is also found to have been a guitar player when he was younger, and is roped into playing the guitar for Mrs Rudd who sets about raising school funds with busking.

2. Closure

Rumours persist in the playground that King Street Junior is going to be closed. Mr Sims is approached by a girl, Subi, in his class who suggests her younger brother, Jasprit, may be stealing from others at the school. A short-notice staff meeting is also held by Mr Beeston who breaks the news that a sympathiser at county hall has informed him that one of four junior schools will be closing, with King Street being one of the four. Mr Holliday also tries to rope one of the other staff into attending a weekend car rally with him, and resorts to asking everybody before turning to Mr Sims. Mr Sims begins to contemplate whether there is more to the Jasprit case than meets the eye, and ponders whether Subi is behind the thefts herself due to jealousy.

3. Opting Out

At a meeting, Mr Beeston updates the governors about the closure which is still awaiting the decision, with governor Mrs Maxwell suggesting they "opt-out" which will allow them to be grant-maintained mainly from private funding. The situation leads to a balloting of the parents to become grant-maintained. Mrs Perkis in the kitchen also has problems with four tins of prunes disappearing. News of the opting-out soon gets around the staff room, which has Miss Lewis deciding on creating a "Save King Street" action group. Mr Sims and Mr Holliday finds themselves at odds during their rally and begin to regret their decisions. At an extraordinary staff meeting, plans get in motion for the campaign as Mr Beeston heads to county hall to discover the final decision.

4. Fundraising

Mr Beeston is feeling under the weather, though insists on soldiering on. The count on the opting-out ballot is a resounding no, though the idea of fundraising for school trips continues with ideas of a single fundraising week to focus the efforts and Mr Long leading the way. Mr Sims is also approached by child Jignish who suggests his carpet-weaving grandfather would like to show the children how to make them. However, Mr Long and Mrs Patterson disapprove suggesting it is anti-union and the use of free labour, which causes a ruckus at the next staff meeting. Fundraising meanwhile continues on and is going well, though turns the school manic with children offering services in exchange for fundraising money, and makes them more than seven hundred pounds.

5. Health

Mr Beeston is fielding the phones due to a number of staff ringing in sick including Mrs Stone, while Mrs Rudd is also running late when her car fails to start. The situations leads Mr Marchant to complain vehemently in the staff room about having to look after so many children. Mr Sims brings up the topic of drugs in school, and suggests a health programme, which brings about a lively staff room discussion. Mr Beeston is also visited by a parent, who accuses Mr Marchant of hitting her child Anthony. However, the discussion with Mr Marchant reveals his inconsistent story and that he did hit Anthony, leading him to resign and blaming liberal teaching and lack of corporal punishment for a lack of control in schools.

6. The Succession

Heading off to Brighton for a week at a headteachers conference, Mr Beeston's trip also clashes with "Environment Week". Mr Holliday is acting headmaster for the week though rumours and arguments break out about who will be made acting-deputy. Mr Long and Mrs Rudd take to lobbying for the position with an announcement due in the afternoon at the staff meeting, with Miss Lewis being nominated. Mr Sims meanwhile has to deal with child Mandy who seems to have developed a slight crush on him. Mr Holliday finds that being headmaster is a form-filling hell, which is made worse by Mrs Rudd playing music instruments her class have made. Mr Beeston returns the following week to find the school still standing and the week traversed with no major mishaps.

7. It's Not Cricket

Mr Sims school cricket team has lost again, though he takes on the challenge of accepting Meryl to the team which proves controversial. Mr Long meanwhile is on a quest about the implementation of the National Curriculum though he finds himself at odds over the issue with Mr Beeston while Mr Holliday brings news of a potential cut to the School Meals Service. Meryl getting onto the team receives Mrs Rudd's wrath and Mr Beeston's questioning though she proves to be a success in the cricket team, though Mr Sims has to deal with the St. Joseph's headmaster who sets about lodging complaints which results in county hall announcing a ban in mixed-sex participation in certain sports. With the mounting budget cuts, Mr Long feeling thoroughly depressed ponders his future as a teacher.

8. That Old Time Religion

After returning from county hall, Mr Beeston has to listen to Mr Holliday who questions why people can always tell that he is a teacher as they walks to a staff meeting to discuss their school open day plans. Mr Long has other problems when his holiday booking to Russia turns problematic. When Mrs Rudd finds that Mr Sims plans to do a exhibit on Druidism for open day, she furiously demands Mr Beeston talk to him and convince him to change. When the bishop plans to attend the King Street open day after hearing about their religious exhibitions, Mr Beeston has to issue invites to other religious leaders to prevent any bad press. At break time, the teachers discover some graffiti left on the playground walls stating "Down with God".

Series 5

1. D-Day Minus One

The staff return to school after the summer holidays for an inset day, though Mr Holliday is absent due to struggling to get the ferry back from France while Mr Sims has his own problems with moving house which has left him temporarily homeless. At a staff meeting, Mr Beeston updates on the rollout of the National Curriculum which has the teachers questioning if they have enough teaching time. News is also revealed about Mrs Rudd's new arrangement due to the school no longer having a full-time music position, which leaves Mr Long with a surprise when she is nominated to help out in the science department. The teachers being in a day early however has Mr Tomkins the caretaker upset at the interruption at his schedule, and promptly loses his keys. Retiring to the pub for dinner, Mr Holliday eventually turns up to relate his story.

2. Is This a Career I See Before Me?

Mr Beeston has received a resignation letter from Miss Wilberforce who intends to leave at Christmas. New teacher Miss Lucas meanwhile is struggling to control her class, which leaves Mr Holliday with a task of rescuing her from Mr Long's complaints about the teaching profession. With concerns that she may fail her practice, she takes some advice and help from Mr Holliday about how to deal with the class. Mr Long meanwhile decides to meet with Mr Beeston to announce that he also wants to resign due to his growing disdain for the job, though agrees to sleep on his decision. Mr Sims and Mrs Rudd continue an argument about dialect and slang, as news gets around about Mr Long's decision. Mr Sims challenges him to a bet that he will be missing the school within six months of leaving.

3. Good Times, Bad Times

As Christmas approached, the teachers are planning a show which is being organised by Mrs Rudd and Mr Sims. Mr Beeston has been hosting job interviews in between planning what his part will be in the show, which ends in an argument with Mr Holliday who has decided to perform a monologue, and got his name down first on the list. Mr Long has to deal with an upset pupil, Razia, who has discovered her gran is expected to die after being unwell for some time, and is taking the situation badly, which leads him to offer compassion and coming to the realisation that he does not want to leave teaching after all. On the night of the Christmas show, each of the teachers performs in the show which results in a successful performance.

4. Choices

Mr Sims finds that one of his pupils is being removed from school and educated at home. Mrs Rudd is angry at having received a parking ticket, while Mr Beeston's day is off to a bad start having been stuck in traffic. News of Alan's parents decision is brought up to Mr Beeston which leaves Mr Sims feeling like he has failed. Mrs Rudd's parking situation has her find little sympathy from Mr Holliday who suggests she simply pay the fine, while Miss Lewis is tasked with dealing with masses of paperwork. Mr Sims decides on taking a proactive approach to Alan's future schooling situation and decides on helping his parents out as much as possible. Mr Beeston is approached by a pupil to sing a song for her to earn a girl guide badge which leaves Mrs Rudd both puzzled and irate.

5. Bon Voyage

On a two-day school trip to Calais, Mr Beeston is making final preparations though Mr Holliday has concerns about how much time they have left to make the ferry. Getting stuck in traffic on the M25, Mr Beeston begins to get worried about the situation, though they do eventually make the boat in time for the journey. The sleeping arrangements have Mr Sims and Mr Beeston bunking together, though Miss Lewis warns him about the head teachers reported snoring. With each of the teachers managing to get through the day successfully, and Mrs Rudd getting chatted up by a suave Frenchman, she reveals she has been asked to post a package on returning to England to avoid a French postal strike, which has Mr Beeston, Mr Sims, and Miss Lewis concerned that she may be being used as a drug mule.

6. Work

Mr Sims discovers one of the children in his class, Marcus, is struggling to stay awake. The teachers also have their own problems with tiredness due to the increasing amounts of paperwork having to be done, while new school governor Mr Boscombe is keeping Mr Beeston busy, with his specific interest in the school buildings. Mr Sims continues to have his concerns about Marcus and takes it up with Mr Beeston, while Mrs Rudd and Mr Holliday discover him asleep in the cloak rooms. With Mr Beeston setting about having Mrs Rudd dealing with Mr Boscombe, Mr Sims takes to visiting Marcus' mother to find out more about his home situation and finds out that the poverty in the family has meant the child has been having to go out to work ninety-hours a week.

7. The Reunion

Mr Long has returned to work after injuring his back, as the teachers discuss the upcoming sports day and former pupils, which has Mr Sims come up with the idea of a school reunion. The staff meeting also begins with Mr Beeston bringing up the topic of school management which could change the financials of education. The reunion idea also proves to be a potential money-maker, while Mrs Stone reveals the news of Mr Beestons twenty-fifth anniversary approaching though he hears about the plans and sets about diverting attention from him onto Mrs Stone. Mrs Rudd also decides to prove the entertainment for the reunion night, while Mr Sims has worked out Mr Beeston's plot and has set his own plans in motion with the help of Miss Lewis.

Series 6

1. In Real Terms

At a governors meeting about the budget for the forthcoming year, Mr Beeston has to contend with a budget cut with the chairman threatening the loss of an experienced teacher, Mrs Rudd, in favour of a junior hire and cutting Mrs Stone's hours. Mr Sims meanwhile is coping with his new class though has a child Sandy who is struggling with his reading ability after transferring from another school. Mr Long is informed of the results of the meeting by Mr Beeston, who threatens to resign if the budget vote won by the chairman is enacted. Mrs Stone discovers the discussion about her hours leading to a confrontation with Mr Beeston, while Mr Long demands to see the meeting minutes adds to his problems as does Mrs Rudd and her complaints about the piano and its broken string.

2. Travellers

Mr Long has resorted to teaching computing in the evening for extra money as the teachers prepare for an evening school meeting. Mrs Rudd brings up the prospect of a sponsorship by a local businessman Mr Headley in exchange for using the parents addresses for advertising while the key topic of discussion is the nearby travelling community and educating two children who live there. When the two travellers children fail to turn up to school, Mr Sims takes to trying to speak to their parents as well as face off the prejudice exhibited by Mrs Rudd and Mr Long. Mrs Rudd has a shock when she is subject to a misunderstanding at Mr Headley's electronics store and her discovery he hopes to sell pornography.

3. Safety First

Mr Holliday is required to help when a child is hit by a car resulting in a broken arm leading Mr Sims to blame himself for not having had time to conduct any road safety education in his class. Mrs Rudd also has a passion for road safety and suggests teaming up to do something about it. Mr Long is off work as he is not feeling well while Mr Beeston is preparing for a radio show being hosted at the school on which he will be appearing. Mrs Rudd takesover the work on organising a road safety session though manages to arrange it for the same time as the radio show though Mr Long's cold spreads to Mr Beeston affecting his radio performance, and having to resort to Mr Holliday as a stand-in though Mr Sims, while Mrs Rudd suffers a malady during the road safety course.

4. A Good Read

With a flood killing hundreds in Bangladesh, some children come up with the idea of a fundraiser. Mr Sims meanwhile is dragged into an argument with Mrs Rudd about what makes a good book as they plan what books to purchase with library funds. Miss Lewis contemplates applying for a job as a headteacher at another junior school and takes to speaking with Mr Beeston about his thoughts, who goes on to reveal to Mrs Stone that he has been thinking of retiring himself due to the complexities of the job. Mrs Rudd is irritated by Mr Sims idea of a comic section in the library to encourage children in who can't read well. Miss Lewis date with a doctor, Jeremy, becomes some talk of both staff and pupils, with Mr Beeston talking her up for the headteacher role, though she receives another offer to instead go to New Zealand.

5. Emergency

The teachers are preparing for a fire drill, though Mrs Rudd complaints about not knowing the exact time prove irritating to the other staff. Miss Lewis continues to wait about the headship position though there is no news after two weeks, as well as contemplate her life in New Zealand, though ultimately goes on to make a decision about both. Peter Tidmarsh, the county expert on dyslexia, is heading to visit the school much to the surprise of Mr Beeston who fails to appear at all and is still missing the following day. Mr Beeston prepares to set the fire alarm off in the afternoon, but is unable to when he loses the key, resulting in the wrath of Mrs Rudd. Mr Sims has to handle a delicate topic with a child's mother threatening to commit suicide and almost succeeding.

6. A Day at the Centre

Mr Sims class has won a day trip to the Blue Peter studio, leading him to have to arrange chapperones at short notice. Mr Long is accused of rabble-rousing by Mrs Rudd and Miss Patterson for his assembly on the peasants revolt. Mr Beeston volunteers to be the fourth chapperone which upsets Blue Peter afficianado Mr Holliday. Mrs Stone is off work ill and facing another week off leaving Mr Holliday in charge for the day of the Blue Peter visit. Mr Beeston's enquiry as to the rumour about a visit at the studio by Meryl Streep sets off more rumours amongst the staff. Mr Sims ends up having to seek out children Ranjit and Tommy who disappear from the rest of the group chasing the autograph of Doctor Who.

7. Thursday's Child

At the end of a long day, Mrs Rudd is complaining about Mrs Patterson and Mr Holliday being off sick causing extra work due to a lack of supply teachers. Mr Sims meanwhile has been struggling with a new child in his class - Simon Eastwood - who has been to four other schools previously. Mr Beeston meanwhile is having to contend with the latest board meeting proposal which is to apply a more rigorous acceptance process due to fears about remedial pupils lowering the school average grades. Mr Long has been called for jury service further threatening the school staffing levels while Mr Sims sets about speaking with Mr Beeston about the situation with Simon, though manages to find some surprising help from Mrs Rudd.

8. The Games Children Play

With two days remaining until the end of the school year, Mr Long is looking forward to a long break. Miss Lewis however still has a new girl, Meriel, in her class with downs syndrome due to her parents wishes to be educated in a standard school. The staff are also preparing for the school games day where teachers will play off against the children in various events. Mr Holliday meanwhile takes to a conversation with Mr Beeston with news that he is taking early retirement and plans to leave at the end of the next school year. At lunch time when two boys are mean towards Meriel, she disappears before afternoon classes leading to Mr Beeston organising a search party of the school grounds and nearby streets.

Series 7

1. Back in the Jug Again

The teachers are returning for the new school year as Mr Beeston prepares to announce Mr Holliday's retirement, though news has already managed to start to circulate amongst the other staff members. The governors meanwhile are looking for a volunteer amongst the staff to observe the school buildings as a preventative maintenance measure, to which Mr Long offers his services. Mr Sims meanwhile has an idea for how the school can improve teaching from school books to ensure they are up to date. Mrs Rudd believes that Mr Long is using his new volunteer role as a way towards the deputy position while also suggesting Miss Lewis apply. Mr Long meanwhile has to sheepishly apologise when rumour of his plans begin to spread amongst the staff courtesy of Mrs Rudd's guesswork.

2. Witch Hunt

At Halloween, Mr Sims is approached by a parent, Mr Hammond, who believes his child Justin is not performing well enough in Maths as he pushes the idea that his child is gifted. Mrs Rudd meanwhile discovers that a group of parents have objected to the Halloween concert resulting it being banned by the governors in response to a petition. Mr Sims takes to speaking with Mr Beeston for advice where they come to the conclusion that Justin isn't gifted and the situation is the result of his father's pushiness. Mr Beeston takes to speaking with Mr Hammond, in conjunction with Mr Sims, where they try to explain that Justin's talents appear to lie more with English than Maths, though his father refuses to accept the situation going as far as threatening to transfer him to another school. Mr Long has news that he and his wife are expecting another child.

3. Is There a Father Christmas?

Mr Beeston has an announcement that Mr Sims has been nominated as the organiser of the Christmas festivities, resulting in an upset for Mrs Rudd who missed out on the voting. With Mr Sims looking for ideas in preparation for a staff meeting the following week, Mrs Patterson contemplates whether this will be the last Christmas nativity due to the increased Muslim population in the area. When news that Michaela Strachan is visiting locally spreads, Mr Sims comes up with the idea to invite her to appear as Father Christmas though the situation poses problems for Mr Beeston who has to talk to Mr Holliday about his role being usurped. When Michaela arrives at the school, Mr Sims has to carefully manage the situation to ensure everyone is happy.

4. Fatal Attraction

Mr Sims is hit by a drunk driver resulting in him being confined to hospital in a serious condition. Back at school, Mrs Patterson has to contend with child Tariq's uncle Mr Iqbal who has shown a sudden interest in finding out how his nephew is doing, though she believes it is a ruse to see her instead. After discussing the situation with Mr Long and Mrs Rudd, she attempts to broach the subject with Mr Iqbal which ends in him making threats. Mr Long meanwhile tries to get information from Mr Holliday about his role, as both he and Miss Lewis set their sights on the position. The situation Mrs Patterson finds herself with Mr Iqbal takes a turn for the worse when he assaults her on her doorstep then attempts to cut her car brakes when she rejects him again.

5. Horses for Courses

The school has suffered a burglary with Mrs Rudd's primary concern being missing the recording of a television show while Mr Beeston is also expecting a visit from governors who are assessing and interviewing the candidates for deputy head role though Mr Beeston struggles with assessor Ms Gaines who is particularly put out by her opinionated political approach. Two children meanwhile take to bunking off lessons under the guise of passing a message around regarding the burglary. Ms Gaines meanwhile attempts to recommend one of the candidates for her blackness, while the chairman posits the other for his business accumen. The situation leads Mr Beeston into an irritated exchange with Ms Gaines over her accusal of being biased, as the three attempt to make a choice.

6. Beside the Seaside

The school is struggling to keep supply teachers in Mr Sims class, as the staff Miss Lewis, Mr Beeston, Mr Holliday and Mrs Rudd prepare for a weekend seaside trip to Kent with a coachful of children. Mrs Rudd ends up navigating them to a run down bed and breakfast after also managing to get a "good deal". The four staff end up arguing about who should take charge as their first full day starts off dreary as they head to an indoor sport centre while Mrs Rudd instead decides on a museum trip for herself. With the vacation threatening to be rained off, Mr Holliday receives a minor electric shock from lightening while talking on the phone. The other staff have their own fright when they discover three of their own children have crept into the cellar during the night.

7. Taking the Rap

8. Endings & Beginnings

Series 8

1. Mr Chips

2. Setting In

3. Beginnings & Endings

4. Left Out, Roped In

5. Confusion

6. Internal Enquiries

Series 9

1. Responsibilities

2. Danger Zone

3. A Bridge to Afar

4. Relative Value

5. With Love

6. Crossed Lines

7. Financial Times

8. Gridlocked

Series 10

1. Proposals

2. The Rivals

3. Accusations

4. Target Practice

5. Incidental Music

6. Final Thoughts