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Series: Waterloo Road
Drama (2006-Present) set in a dodgy version of The Good Old British Comp.

The new headmaster of Waterloo Road, a failing comprehensive in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, has to turn the school around when it faces closure. Or at least that's how things were in the first season. The show quickly developed a large revolving cast and uses the school setting to explore many different storylines and characters. The end of seasons seven saw the show move filming location and setting to Scotland where it remains based. The show is currently midway through its tenth and final season.

It should be noted that we only actually see a few of the teaching staff and everything seems to happen to them. And a disproportionate number teach English. This extends to the students as well. While the show makes use of single episode characters to explore some more involved storylines, primarily the core student cast will be involved in just about everything. It's not specified what size Waterloo Road is (it's filmed in an old primary school, considerably smaller than most high secondary schools in the UK) but there are probably many more we haven't seen. Of course this can all be brushed off as part of the nature of setting a television show in a school.

Of particular note is that revolving cast which easily stretches to well over seventy principal cast members over the course of eight seasons. The show can be reasonably divided based on headteacher, of which there have been four so far (with a fifth soon to step up). The tone especially changes with each headteacher. Initially, the headteacher was a world-weary cynic with a more idealistic deputy but the more cynical perspective tends to be sidelined, and occasionally vilified, as the show evolves.

Things have been a little bit crazy here. So far- see the recap.


This show contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Well, naturally.
    • Of particular note are Gabriella Wark's parents (the owners of a multimillion pound fashion empire) who are emotionally distant and who resent Gabriella for being involved in her younger sister's accidental death some years previously. In her first episode after she pulls a series of dangerous stunts including stealing a car, Gabriella's father strikes her across the face in front of several teachers.
    • But the absolute king of this trope is Lindsay James's father who sexually abused her and was planning to move onto her younger sister Emily after Lindsay got too old for him. You can start to see why Lindsay murdered him.
  • The Alcoholic: Christine Mulgrew. She frequently flips between recovering and relapsing.
  • Alcoholic Parent: Christine to her son Connor.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Or rather just Maxine wanting Earl. Which results in the former's death.
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Possibly the reason why none of the girls complained when it was created.
  • Amicable Exes: Philip and Ros eventually become this after she makes a pass at French Teacher Jo Lipsett and then accuses her of initiating it, and his struggle to deal with it causes them to break up.
    • Headteacher Michael Byrne and his newly hired ex (who herself has recently married) Sian Diamond in Series 7. There's still Unresolved Sexual Tension though.
    • Vaughn and Allie look set to become this after splitting up at the end of Series 10 Part 1.
  • An Aesop: Frequently used, in all formats of the trope.
  • Apathetic Teacher: Mr Budgen.
    • George Windsor takes on this role after Budgen dies. He even resigns when new headteacher Vaughn Fitzgerald introduces a number of community involvement schemes, Lampshading that there's no longer a place for a teacher like him at Waterloo Road.
  • The Atoner: Gabriella attempts to be this in Series 10 but faces a lot of hostility from both staff and pupils.
  • Axes at School: Several times, notably in the series 4 opener.
    • Also the end of Series 7 when Kyle Stack smuggles a crossbow into the school.
  • Badass Teacher: In a school that routinely encounters serious social issues, has a lot of violent pupils, and where a disproportionate of number of teachers and pupils have died in the past decade; this is practically a requirement.
    • Mr Rimmer.
    • Standing up to the woman he loves and putting himself between a thug with a knife and a student, all in one day? Who expected that from Chalky?
    • Tom Clarkson, stood up to Earl Kelly amongst others.
    • Nikki Boston is a former soldier and not to be taken lightly.
    • When Grantly Budgen discovers he has incorrectly accused Harley Taylor of plagiarism, while still on kidney dialysis he does everything in his power to make amends. Tragically, the physical strain becomes too much for him and he dies.
    • Carol Barry fakes a leg injury to try and get a compensation payout from the school. Vaughn Fitzgerald visits her at home, methodically picks irrefutable holes in her story, and then sacks her. All without even raising his voice.
  • Batman Gambit: When Leo's incompetence leads to Kevin's computer hacking of multinational technology firm Wire-Data being traced back to the school, Kevin enacts one. Working from a laptop hidden behind the school stage, he hacks into Wire-Data again and releases a data-corrupting worm that acts slowly but is scheduled to rapidly speed up in an hour. He uses this as leverage to get the owner of Wire-Data to sign a contract promising not to press charges. All of this is done rapidly and calmly despite the very real threat of prosecution and imprisonment being on the horizon and the fact that he's still recovering from a stroke. The really amazing thing is that it works and gets him a job offer from WireData.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted with Imogen when is she injured in a fire caused by Connor. She suffers very visible scarring to her neck that takes a while to heal.
  • Beneath Suspicion: Normally Kevin would be the prime suspect for the Wire-Data hack but because he's still recovering from a stroke, nobody believes he's capable of it and he's left off the list of suspects put together by the teachers.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Lindsay is quick to offer a death threat to anyone who hurts her sister. She means it.
    • And increasingly, Mr Mead tends to lose it whenever one of his students are endangered or harmed.
    • Gabriella utterly loses it when she discovers that Lisa and Shaznay have vandalised her dead sister's room.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Floyd does not take the news that Justin is sleeping with his sister Tiffany well at all.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Frequently. The majority of times when a character is in danger, it becomes this trope.
    • Steph saving Jack from being set on fire by clonking Lewis Seddon over the head with a fire extinguisher.
    • Josh pushes Finn out of the way when Kyle tries to murder him with a crossbrow, with it narrowly missing Josh and gashing the edge of his arm.
    • When Gabriella falls into her swimming pool and is knocked unconscious, Kacey puts aside their previous animosity and saves her.
  • Birthday Suit Surprise Party: Narrowly averted when Connor prepares afternoon tea for Imogen and greets her wearing nothing but an apron and a chef's hat only for Kevin and Dynasty to walk in as well. He later mentions that he considered not bothering with the apron at all.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The second season finale, everything seems to be going right for the school and then a teacher gets stabbed to death right before the closing credits. It was left open as to whether she was actually dead until the start of the next season, probably because the actress was involved in contract negotiations.
  • Blackmail: Crops up here and there...
    • In Series 3, building contractor Stewart Hordley blackmails headmistress Rachel Mason with the information that she was once a prostitute so that she will secure the school's building contract for his company.
    • In Series 5, underperforming teacher Helen Hopewell tries to blackmail the school's executive head (and her ex) Max Tyler with a sex tape of them.
    • At the end of Series 10, George successfully blackmails Vaughn into giving him his old job back with an as yet unspecified piece of information about his personal life.
  • Blatant Lies: When Floyd catches Justin and Tiffany on his bed eating pizza by candlelight, they tell him that the lights went out and give an I Have to Go Iron My Dog excuse of getting a new bulb. But Floyd is easily able to dismiss this since he's right next to the light switch.
  • British Brevity: While Series 1 stands at eight hours, and Series 2 at twelve, the trope is averted for all seasons from Series 3 onwards.
    • Series 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10 get 20 episodes a piece, including a 90-minute opener in Series 4
    • Series 7 and 8 avert the trope to an extreme, with 30 hours per season. (The former premièred just 4 weeks after Series 6's finale)
  • Broken Bird: Lindsay James in particular. The girl just doesn't catch a break... Further deconstructed in that her hidden issues make her more short-tempered and aggressive towards others, rather than just being a shut-in.
    • Gabriella in Series 10. While before she was a snarky Rich Bitch Jerkass, upon her return she is far more subdued with none the superiority or conniving tendencies she had in Series 9 thanks to a Face-Heel Turn after injuring Kacey in the Series 9 finale and going into therapy between series.
    • Kevin after his stroke thanks to a combination of his own limitations afterwards and everyone constantly treating him as an invalid during his recovery.
  • Book Ends: The first episode introduces Tom Clarkson going up the school roof to help someone in need. The finale of Series 8 shows Tom going up to the school roof to help someone in need, but this time, events take a more tragic turn.
  • The Bus Came Back: A lot of former characters return both for single episodes and for longer stints.
  • But Not Too Gay: Josh and Nate's romance in Spring Term of Series 6 was consistently less explicit than every other couple on the show.
    • In 6.13, when Nate is staying over at Josh's place, what would be their first (on-screen) kiss is interrupted by the doorbell.
    • Toward the end of the series, at a party, Josh and Nate dance together, but while their straight classmates are getting hot and heavy, the boys dance with excessive space between them. A couple of background moments show them giving each other a comforting hand on the back.
    • By the time Nate leaves the show, they still have not kissed even once.
      • This despite 6.04 showing Josh making a pass at Finn, kissing him squarely on the lips against Finn's will
    • Possibly due to viewer backlash, this trope is averted in 7.23, when Josh's drug dealer is shown openly flirting with him, and kisses him outside the school gates.
    • Averted with Nikki and Vix whose relationship is shown in a reasonable amount of detail.
  • Cain and Abel: Twins Lenny and Lisa Brown. Lenny is a soft and introverted person who constantly tries to better himself (see The Determinator) while Lisa is a Violent Glaswegian and delinquent who routinely tries to drag Lenny down to her level.
    • Barry and Dynasty Barry become this when he takes a job as a people smuggler and she calls the Police after trying to help the immigrants in Barry's van escape.
  • The Cast Show Off: Lenny is played by musician Joe Slater. At the end of Series 10 Episode 6, Lenny is shown playing the guitar.
  • Casual Kink: When Connor is trying to prepare a romantic surprise for Imogen, Kevin gives him a pink fluffy blindfold belonging to Dynasty and mentions that "She's an adventurous girl".
  • Character Development: Mainly for the students rather than the teachers. The common formula is for a Jerkass character to act as such until a certain event serves as their Heel-Face Turn moment and they gradually become a better person afterwards.
    • Finn Sharkey is an arrogant troublemaker but after his Interrupted Suicide he becomes a much more rounded person.
    • Tariq Siddiqui is the same in addition to having been in a young offenders institution but gradually mellows out over time. Being rendered paraplegic by Series 7's Diabolus Ex Machina ending also contributes to this.
    • Gabriella Wark with her Face-Heel Turn moment being retroactively revealed as her pushing Kacey off of the climbing wall at the end of Series 9. Her being the voice of reason against her mother in Rhiannnon's Screw The Money decision cements this.
    • Darren Hughes is an immature misogynist in Series 9 who videos girls in the school changing room but his mother's death in Series 10 and his short-lived relationship with Rhiannon contribute to him becoming more respectable and well-mannered.
  • Coming-Out Story: Josh.
    • Nate to his father, to a lesser extent
  • Corrupt Church: Gerry Preston.
  • Crapsack World: One reviewer described it, not entirely inaccurately, as being set in a town that resembles a cross between Dante's Inferno and Baghdad.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • In Series 5 we find out that Lindsay James was sexually abused by her father leading to her eventually murdering him.
    • Rachel Mason was revealed to have worked as a prostitute before becoming a teacher.
    • Bex has one from the time she was missing: She got sucked into a relationship with an abusive boyfriend who made pornographic videos of her while she was underage.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A lot of characters but Apathetic Teachers Grantly Budgen and George Windsor are the real standouts.
  • December-December Romance: At the end of Series 10, Rhiannon and Darren successfully reunite two elderly people who were a couple in their youth but broke up thanks to Poor Communication Kills.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After Kevin admits to hacking Wire-Data and pulls off a successful Batman Gambit to avoid prosecution, the owner is incredibly impressed by his work and offers him a job. Though he is still extremely unhappy about Kevin's antics.
  • The Determinator: Lenny Brown pushes himself to breaking point and beyond revising for his mock exams. After freaking out during his mock English exam and failing, he retakes it privately even though it won't change the result just so he can prove that he can do it.
    • Grantly Budgen when he tries to make amends after accusing Harley of plagiarism.
    • Kevin when he starts computer hacking because he is tired of being viewed as so limited after his stroke, and is determined to prove that he's as smart as ever.
  • Diabolus Ex Machina: At the end of series seven, in one of the most bizarre Mood Whiplashes ever.
  • Driven to Suicide: Lorna Dickey.
    • Averted with an angst and romance fuelled one from Finn and Amy. Mr Mead swoops in at the last minute and stops it happening.
  • Does Not Like Men: Lindsay has a few moments like this, due to her abusive father.
  • Do Wrong, Right: In Series 10 when Leo attempts to replicate Kevin's expert hacking of Wire-Data but leaves a digital footprint that gets traced back to the school. Kevin's not annoyed about him hacking the company solo but about his incompetence doing it. Justified since Kevin is a hacker himself and that the footprint could easily get them both prosecuted.
  • Dysfunction Junction
  • Economy Cast
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Kyle Stack is utterly distraught when the police destroy his dog after he sets it on Bex Fisher.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Carol Barry, a petty crook and serial con artist whose Establishing Character Moment is to tell her children that "There's money to be made here" when dropping them off at school, has three: discovering that Kevin's mother let him homeless at the age of ten, disowning Barry when she finds out he stole the money raised to send Kacey to a boxing camp in the US, and discovering that Barry (recently forgiven for the theft) has started people smuggling. The last one sickens her so much that she tells Dynasty she did the right thing in calling the Police.
  • Exiled to the Couch: Vaughn thanks to Allie's Overprotective Dad actions.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: A female teacher gets hair extensions... and then kills herself.
  • Fanservice:
    • Elizabeth Berrington aka Ruby Fry, and an uncredited teacher played by a blonde extra.
    • And more recently pop star Karen David as Francesca Montoya.
  • Fail O Sucky Name: Barry Barry is initially mocked for his name but it fades fairly quickly.
  • Freak Out: the very first episode starts with the old headmaster, Mr. Vaisey, being driven to a nervous breakdown by the appalling state of the school.
    • Josh has one while doing a video project about the school being built on a plague pit. He starts acting erratically and becomes convinced that the staff and pupils could become infected with the Black Death. He's later diagnosed as Schizophrenic.
    • Lenny has a very subtle but protracted one during a mock exam, cracking under the pressure and writing nothing but doodles and self-hating remarks. It's only discovered because he keeps writing after the exam ends.
  • Functional Addict: Christine has short spells as this but it never lasts.
  • The Good Old British Comp
  • Heroic BSOD: Nearly always Grantly Budgen, or Tom Clarkson.
  • Hollywood Hacking: Both played straight and subverted in Series 10 with Kevin's computer hacking. When he hacks the school's systems to access predicted exam grades it's incredibly easy. But when he tries to hack a multinational technology firm, it's much harder and takes hours of concentrated effort with no breakthrough until he tries some out of the box thinking and attacks the system with multiple methods simultaneously.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Rachel Mason, sort of.
  • Hot for Teacher: Gabriella takes this to Stalker with a Crush levels when she falls for PE teacher Hector Reid.
    • Ros makes a pass at French teacher Jo Lipsett after spending a lot time being privately tutored by her.
  • Idiosyncratic Block Naming: Although not used explicitly by The BBC or in promotional materials, the DVDs assign names to each series' 10-episode blocks, starting with Series 3. The first block of 10 episodes in a series is titled "Autumn Term", and the second block is titled "Spring Term". For Series 7 and 8, with 30 episodes, the final 10 episodes were given the title "Summer Term".
    • This system is by analogy with the British academic year, with the Series individually representing school years.
  • Ignore The Disability: Both a meta and in-universe example. Apart from it's build-up and first reveal, Imogen being partially deaf is only referenced once afterwards at her wedding when Connor performs his vows in sign language. The fact that her hair is deliberately styled to conceal her hearing aids is probably a factor though.
  • I Have to Go Iron My Dog: See Blatant Lies.
  • I Object: Donte and Chlo's first wedding.
  • Katy Perry: Her music is sometimes used as background music.
  • Kid-anova: Aiden, who manages to get two girls pregnant during series 7.
  • The Jail Bait Wait: Discussed between Justin (17) and Tiffany (15) in Series 10 but the horse has bolted in that instance as they're already sleeping together.
  • Jerkass:
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Grantly Budgen.
    • Hector Reid has his moments. He may be having an affair with a married woman but he goes to great lengths if pupils are in danger.
    • Justin Fitzgerald flips between this and Jerkass. He's often violent and determined to ruin his father's new relationship but starts a food bank at Waterloo Road after witnessing the deprivation of some areas of Greenock
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Eventually happens between Rhiannon and Darren, and Grace; an elderly woman who visits the school's community café. They initially see her as a burden who exploits their goodwill but warm to her considerably over time and reunite her with an old flame from her youth.
  • Large Ham: "Amy is NOT BANKSY!"
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Chloe's hair-style goes up when she separates from Donte for a while.
  • Long-Runner Cast Turnover: As of the middle of Series 9; none of the original cast remain; and only Maggie Budgen and Harley Taylor are left over from the Rochdale incarnation of the school.
  • Mama Bear:
    • Rose Kelly, post-straightening herself out.
    • Rachel Mason towards her students.
    • Carol Barry
    • Allie when she finds out that Vaughn's 17 year-old son Justin has been sleeping with her 15 year-old daughter Tiffany.
  • Mood Whiplash
  • Muse Abuse: Sonya tries to enter a writing competition with a story very closely based on Christine Mulgrew's battle with alcoholism. She's far from happy when she discovers "The Inebriated Adventures Of Cresta Meldrew".
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Sonya feels so badly about her Muse Abuse that she decides to resign. Christine puts a stop to it though.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Floyd. See Big Brother Instinct. A sentiment he enforces with a hefty punch to the face.
  • No Communities Were Harmed: Averted by filming and setting it in a real town, though they goofed once or twice in the first season.
  • Noodle Incident: Whatever Danielle keeps going on about with her friends that involves "a bottle of Diet Coke, some chips and a night out in Rochdale town centre". Also, Karla's background and her Asperger's Syndrome.
  • Oop North: A reasonably authentic portrayal, less the more over-the-top plotlines.
  • Overprotective Dad: After Allie finds out that Justin and Tiffany have been sleeping together, she forces Tiffany to sleep in the same bed as her and pressures Vaughn to send Justin to boarding school.
  • Parental Abandonment: Kevin's father left him and his mother when he was 5. His mother and step-father then left him homeless at the age of 10, thus sending Kevin in and out of numerous foster homes before arriving at Waterloo Road.
  • Pet the Dog: Although he's predictably sarcastic about the matter at first, George gives some practical and sincere advice to Sue after Simon leaves her.
  • Poison-and-Cure Gambit: A crucial part of Kevin's Batman Gambit with the price for the cure being immunity from prosecution for hacking Wire-Data in the first place.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Grace and her boyfriend Ted were going to get married but both got the wrong place to meet up. This being decades before mobile phones, they had no way to get in touch, both assumed they had been dumped, and moved on with their lives.
  • Psychologist Teacher:
  • Put on a Bus: Mika, who is stated on the official website to have gone to university.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: a particularly ludicrous case. The BBC decided it needed to make more of its programmes in Scotland, including Waterloo Road. So at the end of series 7 the local authority closes the school. Meanwhile a rich philanthropist and former pupil of headmaster Mr. Byrne has decided to set up a private but non-fee-paying school for local children in a deprived area near Glasgow...so Mr. Byrne decides to move there, along with most of the named teachers and even some of the pupils (the new school will have a boarding house). All this is about as realistic as an episode of Doctor Who.
    • Similarly, the Diabolus Ex Machina at the end of that series happened because the writers didn't yet know which of the cast would be moving to Scotland.
      • Actually, there are some non-fee paying schools which have boarding houses. Just not many of them.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After telling Sue that he wants a divorce because of her affair, Simon gives her a particularly harsh (though justified) one:
    Simon: I've spent my life treading on eggshells around you. Dealing with your moods and your constant whining neediness. Sorting out the mess of your frankly disastrous teaching career. And having to be grateful for the scraps your father throws us.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Kevin's Batman Gambit against the owner of Wire-Data.
  • Revolving Door Casting: Most characters will last around three series at most but there are some exceptions such as Janeece Bryant, Tom Clarkson, and Grantly Budgen who remained for seven, eight, and nine series respectively.
  • Rich Bitch: Lorraine Donegan (Series 8) and Gabriella Wark (Series 9).
  • Ripped from the Headlines: Too many times to count.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Darren attempts this in Series 10 after his mother dies of a drug overdose and he thinks her boyfriend has killed her. Christine manages to talk him down but without her intervention it's very likely that he would have killed the boyfriend.
  • Rule of Funny: Used too many times to count.
  • School Play: The aforementioned musical, which of course contains Suspiciously Apropos Music.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Rhiannon turns down the chance of a lucrative plus-size modelling job with Gabriella's parents when she discovers that the pictures of her will be slimmed down with Photoshop.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: After discovering that Hector and Sue have been having an affair, Simon holds back from attacking him with a baseball bat, announces his resignation with immediate effect since he has landed a job in Wales, gives Sue a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, says his goodbyes to a few people, and drives off. But not before reversing over Hector's motorbike.
  • Secret Test of Character: Allie's art class includes a competition to design a hoody for the fashion company owned by Gabriella's parents. What she doesn't mention is that the winners get £1,000 in order to see who is actually taking the competition seriously.
  • Sexy Schoolwoman: As yet averted. It looks wrong for the time slot (8pm) and the people who wear school uniforms are school-age characters, who don't do that sort of thing.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Philip goes from sending Flick cheesy cards to leaving a set of his aunt's underwear in her school bag.
    • Gabriella for Mr Reid. Her opening gambit is flashing him and it only gets worse from that point on.
  • Stern Teacher: Mr Treneman. On his first day, when he sees a pupil take another boy's bus pass in the queue for the school bus, he calls the police. He then introduces the "cooler" for those who misbehave.
  • Stock Punishment: Mr. Budgen gets sponges thrown at him for a fair to raise money for Rwanda aid projects.
  • Strawman Political: Mika as tree-hugger. Seriously, that woman needs some help.
  • Strictly Formula: More common for character arcs rather than episodes...
    • As mentioned in the entry for Character Development, a Jerkass student will commonly act as such until an event serves as their Heel-Face Turn moment and they become a more agreeable person.
    • Usually a new teacher will be introduced, and in their first episode a crippling Achilles' Heel (such as Christine's alcoholism) will be revealed and built up over the course of ten episodes, with the mid-series finale seeing it brought to a climax. After that, the character will either be written our or their flaws will be forgiven and they will remain at the school.
    • Episodes also have their own formula: One that introduces either a one-shot or recurring student will have their Jerkass tendencies (Gabriella, Kyle etc) or personal issues (such as Lula's abusive uncle) causing a problem that a teacher will either be unaware of or misjudge the severity of, causing a Heroic BSOD and a necessitating a Big Damn Heroes moment. The student will then be added to the main cast, written out, or completely forgotten about.
  • Taking the Heat: When Connor's frustration about Christine's alcoholism causes him to set one of the classrooms on fire (which scars Imogen), Christine takes the fall for him.
  • To Be Continued: Most series end on this...
    • Series 2 ends with Izzy being stabbed and her life hanging in the balance.
    • Series 3 ends with the school on fire and a number of characters trapped inside or rescued but injured.
    • Series 7 Part 2 ends with Linda running Michael over.
    • Series 7 Part 3 ends on the Diabolus Ex Machina of an out of control lorry hurtling towards the staff and pupils moving to Scotland.
    • Series 10 Part 1 is comparatively more subdued with George successfully blackmailing Vaughn into giving him his old job back with an as yet unspecified piece of information about his personal life, and then revealing that Havelock High is preparing for a merger that would dissolve Waterloo Road.
  • Tranquil Fury: Simon after Vaughn talks him down from attacking Hector for sleeping with Sue.
  • Transfer Student Uniforms: When Waterloo Road merges with private school John Foster's in Series 5, the John Foster's kids still wear their old uniforms for a while.
    • Vaughn's children Leo and Justin on their first day at Waterloo Road after going to live with him when their mother suffers a breakdown.
  • Trauma Conga Line: In Series 10 Episode 3, Gabriella (now a mix of Broken Bird and The Atoner) is put through a horrific one of these as revenge for her actions in Series 9. As well as casual bullying and chemistry teacher Sue Lowsley being a Jerkass towards her; Lisa and Shaznay ambush her in the toilets and bogwash her several times, gatecrash her house party, swipe her phone and send a topless picture to Mr Reid (whom Gabriella had previously been a Stalker with a Crush to), and completely trash her deceased sister's room, destroying the precious few mementos that the Warks have of her.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: When a pupil is brought in to serve as an antagonist, expect at least person to fall under their influence.
    • Kyle is this to Tariq during Series 7's gang wars story arc.
  • Violent Glaswegian: Somewhat subverted. Miss Koreshi got verbal, but never physical.
    • Played straight with Lisa Brown and averted with her much softer twin brother Lenny.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Kyle is finally expelled for selling vodka shots and slapping Nikki.
    • In the Series 10 Part 1 finale, Justin punches Allie square in the face after she goads him about Tiffany no longer being in love with him.
  • You Look Familiar: Daniella Denby-Ashe played an incompetent substitute teacher in one episode and returned at the end of Series 7 in a full time role as businesswoman Lorraine Donnegan.
  • You Make Me Sic: Sonya is shown to be an appalling speller and fares no better with grammar, somehow managing to spell "Ferocious" with a W. Despite computers having spellcheckers.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Chlo cheats on her husband Donte with Brett, her sister Mika's boyfriend. These are all pupils by the way.
    • In Series 10, Sue Lowsley has an affair with PE teacher Hector Reid.

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