Episode 1 Waterloo Road


Episode 1

School-based drama. As a new term begins, returning headteacher Karen Fisher has plenty to contend with when the new site manager discovers an abandoned baby on the premises.


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ALARM SOUNDS

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ALARM SOUNDS

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Right, the police are on their way and I suggest that you.

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Now Mrs Fisher. put the lamp down.

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I'm sorry.

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Did they take anything?

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Well, I mean, it's hard to tell - it's not like there's anything worth nicking.

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There are hundreds of thousands of pounds' worth of equipment in this school.

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-Did you conduct a thorough search?

-No, just a half-hearted one.

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Do you remember when we conducted the interview and I said I needed

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someone really level-headed for this job?

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I'll give the whole place a going-over, and if I find anything or anyone,

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-you'll be the first to know.

-I've got my lamp.

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if you need it.

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It scared me.

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Y'all right?

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I don't know about you, but I'm not looking anyone in the face.

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-I'm not looking anyone in the face.

-And if anybody says hello, I'm like totally blanking them.

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-Total.

-Ey, are you two two twins?

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No, we're one twin, actually.

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And don't talk to us again. Totally blank.

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So, you managed to drag yourselves out of bed and bring yourself to school, did you?

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Vicki insisted.

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Yeah, well, it's not like we need parents to get us up in the morning.

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Yeah, well, if I had my own place, there's not a chance I'd be getting out of bed until at least eleven.

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Yeah, well, Vicki's like, I'm going to get my A levels, no matter what.

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Ey, yeah, me too. Unless, er, something gets in the way.

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Your CCTV cameras.

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They're knackered. Mind you, I did flag it up over the summer.

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Little electronic message.

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-Find it in your inbox.

-Oh, yes.

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-Along with the other forty emails you sent me.

-Well, you don't keep the maintenance up, you.

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might as well have a flashing, neon sign saying "please burgle".

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Good idea, though I think it might affect our insurance premiums.

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Rob, it's really great you're our new site manager.

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I know what you're thinking, posh words for "Caretaker"?

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-No!

-Well, hey, who knows -

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might be after your job soon.

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Well, I hope you do a better job of reducing overheads than me.

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I usually start with staffing costs.

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Touche.

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It's probably just kids mucking about. It's not difficult to break into this school.

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You and I know that, but he's only been here five minutes.

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I really don't need the new site manager telling me how to do my job.

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Who the hell does he think he is?

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Sounds like he's made quite an impression.

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Right, good morning everyone. If I could just have your attention for a few seconds, please.

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I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce our new members of staff.

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We have Eleanor Chaudry here, in English.

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Hi, everyone.

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And you may recognise Eleanor from the pages of our local newspaper.

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Young Conservative Candidate of the year.

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Two years in a row.

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-(Talk about the enemy within.)

-Eleanor has some new and very exciting ideas

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to share with the English Department.

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Thank you, Miss Chaudry.

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And Mr Daniel Chalk here in Maths.

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Yeah, I'm. I'm really looking forward to getting stuck in.

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Yeah, that's what we like to hear, isn't it? A bit of enthusiasm.

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Oh, well, that's what you'll get from me.

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All the way. One hundred per cent.

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Welcome to the team, and I'll look forward to seeing you in assembly.

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If he lasts a week, I'll give you a grand.

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And the classroom's starting to look a bit tired as well.

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Thought I might spruce it up.

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-Right.

-I'll admit I like a bit of order in my classroom.

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I don't mean to be too doom and gloom, but, well,

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you might find your list of "fun things to do" a little bit hard to enforce.

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Is that so?

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It's not as easy as you politicians like to make out.

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I was a teacher before I got involved in local politics, Tom.

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It's Maggie bloody Thatcher!

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Hey.

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-What you doing?

-Erm, nothing. Thought I'd forgotten my coursework,

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but I've found it, it's fine.

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What are you doing after school?

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I'll have to check my diary, see if you're in luck.

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HE LAUGHS

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And that's you keeping your head down, is it?

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Dad! I told you, don't come near me.

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D'you know, what anyone'd think you're ashamed of your old man.

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Have you not got light bulbs to change?

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Seriously, look at the state of you.

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There. That's, er...

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Well, it's a bit better.

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What's with the attitude?

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After all the hassle you've given me.

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Let's not go through this again - it's getting boring, Dad.

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We're not exactly loaded at the minute and I really need this job.

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If only to pay for your mistakes huh?

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I've told you. I'll keep it clean.

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You better, son.

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And I want you to meet me after school,

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make sure you don't get lost going home.

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ROBERT CLEARS THROAT

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What?

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Thank you. I thank you.

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MUSIC: "Angel" by Massive Attack

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Loser!

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All right, quieten down, everybody, please, thank you.

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Now, I'm sure you've all been DESPERATE to get back to school

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after your holidays, but in future,

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-I'd really like you to wait until the doors are actually unlocked.

-SNIGGERING

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I can understand one of you wanting to break OUT of school, but in?!

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I'm not going to stand here and lecture you on how disappointed I am

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or talk about how much it's going to cost to replace.

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-Instead, I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt,

-BABY CRIES

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that no-one here is responsible for the break-in this morning,

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because I know Waterloo Road pupils aren't mindless vandals.

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-CRYING GROWS LOUDER

-Hello?

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They take pride in their environment and don't want to wreck it

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or spoil things for their fellow pupils. And I'm sure

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no-one here wants to start a new school term on a negative note.

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Now, it's no secret that these are difficult times,

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but we musn't let that affect our outlook, or our behaviour,

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so this year we're going to focus on the positives...

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I need to go. I need to get out.

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What's up?

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..and what we do well.

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Because that's what this school is all about.

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And I know you're going to work very hard

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to help Waterloo Road go from strength to strength.

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So, let's put this morning's...

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Hey, you'd best have a good excuse for interrupting Miss Fisher.

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-I found him in the changing rooms.

-Oh, my God, you've found a baby!

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Miss! Someone's left their baby!

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GASPS

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He's a newborn, by the looks of things.

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A little boy.

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-Is he OK? Is he breathing?

-He's still warm,

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I don't know how long he's been there.

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Excuse me! Are you listening?

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All of you, back in your seats and calm down.

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-Hey, proper mental, this, innit?

-Straight to your classes, please!

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It's not yours is it, Sam? Something you need to tell Finn?

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-I hope not.

-I've better things to be doing than popping out babies.

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Right, so someone just drops a sprog, carries it into school and just dumps it in this filthy place.

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-I mean, hello!

-Tell you, there's some dodgy slappers around here.

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THEY LAUGH

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I can't get my head round this.

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You read about this kind of thing in the papers, but...

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what would make someone do that?

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Nobody abandons their baby without good reason.

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We need to speak to the staff

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and I'm afraid, trawl the school, class by class.

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If the mother's still here, we need to find her, ASAP.

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We don't yet know who the mother is.

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But if she's in this school, we'd like to help her, if we can.

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If anyone knows anything, or thinks that a friend or a classmate is in trouble,

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then, please, come and tell us.

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Well, maybe it's a teacher's baby.

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-All right, Denzil.

-Well, how d'you know it's not?

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Denzil!

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Any reward for information?

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LAUGHTER

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Whoever the mother is, I want her to know she can go to any member of staff without fear of judgement.

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We're really worried about her, we want to help.

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SIREN WAILS

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What are they getting the police for?

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Because a serious crime has been committed.

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Sit down!

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You can't just dump a baby.

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-Who said it were dumped?

-Right, that's enough chat.

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Miss, I think I need to go the toilet.

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OK, five minutes. Then straight back here.

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EXCITED CHATTER

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Now that I've got your attention, perhaps you could focus on me?

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Anything we can do to help find the mum without disrupting the school too severely.

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We'll do what we can. But we'll need to keep this area cordoned off.

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And could you get us a list of all the girls in the school?

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-We might need to do a locker and bag search.

-We don't want this to turn into a witch-hunt.

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Be a good idea to check the windows. Where she came in.

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-Well, you might find a fingerprint?

-I think the police know how to do their job.

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Just as well some of us do(!)

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I hear the school's CCTV cameras aren't working out front.

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Is the school always so lax about security?

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Well, I'm sure the police don't need reminding how cash-strapped public services are these days.

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We're getting them fixed, first thing.

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These are the rules of the classroom.

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"Miss Chaudry's solutions for a fun lesson. Number one - no shouting out..."

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-Leave it!

-"Number two - always put your hand up.

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"Number three - no swinging on chairs, number four - always face the front.

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"Five - always listen to others..."

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Whoa! Check out Spec-buca!

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LAUGHTER

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-Sam! Get them off!

-Boy!

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Don't play smart with me, sonny. I mean you! Stand up.

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You've singled yourself out as a troublemaker.

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I do not tolerate troublemakers.

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So sit back down and keep your mouth shut.

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Do you really think I look like a total dork?

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-Well, c'mon! Tell me the truth.

-Have you heard a single word I've said, madam?

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Can you just shut up?

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MURMURING

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I'm talking to my boyfriend.

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So what have you been teaching these kids, racketeering?

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I do not have a clue how they got in there. I'll take them back up to the storeroom, sir.

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-I'll make sure that you do!

-Anyone would think that I like Dickens with this lot!

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Keep your hair on! Dunno why you're so bothered.

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Yeah maybe an hour in the cooler will help you understand.

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-What's going on?

-I've got this one firing abuse.

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-What've you been up to, Sambuca?

-Nothing miss.

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-And another one's gone AWOL.

-Who?

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Ali Redback. She went to the toilet ten minutes ago, I haven't seen her since.

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I'm going to have a look for her. You deal with Sam.

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WATER GUSHES

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Ali, are you in here?

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Can you unlock the door, please?

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I need you to come out.

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They're not mine, Miss. I just found 'em.

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Are you all right?

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Ali, wait a minute!

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-What is it?

-Ali!

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-What's going on?

-Nothing.

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Just leave me alone, I'm fine!

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Mr Mead, can you clear the corridor, please?

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Can you make your way back down the corridor please?

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Ali, we need to get you to hospital,

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just to make sure you're all right.

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If there's anything you need,

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I'm here. I promise.

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Is he all right? I didn't want to hurt him, Miss.

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I didn't know what else to do.

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I believe you.

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I'm sure you did what you thought was right at the time.

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SHE SOBS

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You've done nothing to be ashamed of, Ali.

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Miss.

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I have.

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I have!

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Settle down, please! Come on, everybody, settle down.

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You're the noisiest class in the school.

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-Oh, look at him.

-He's got his glasses on, bless.

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O-M-G.

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Barfaroo!

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If he comes near me, I'm just going to have to tell him straight - "Take a shower."

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Listen, please.

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-HE BANGS ON DESK

-Listen! Listen!

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Now I know you've all had an exciting start, but I want some quiet now, please.

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Is it your baby, sir?

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LAUGHTER

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-No, it is not my baby.

-Anyone had it off with Chalk?

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MISTER Chalk.

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I'm just trying to find out whose baby it is, like Mr Mead told us to.

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-Yeah, well, just now, we don't know where the baby's come from.

-What!?

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You don't know where babies come from? Ah, sir.

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-Would you like us to show you?

-No, no, that's not what I meant.

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Hey, now, settle down, come on, settle down.

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No, no, no, no, listen, shh, listen, your starting module is...

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..algebra, ha-ha!

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GROANS

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No, no, no, no, no, no, no! Listen, right,

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if x = 10,

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and y = 50, then...

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LAUGHTER

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Who threw that?

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Come on, own up.

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I-I-I can wait all day if I need to.

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Come on.

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I'm going to call your mum, Ali, get her to meet us at the hospital.

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If you like, you can see your baby.

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Please don't call my mum!

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She doesn't know.

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I have to, I'm afraid.

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You'll just make it worse.

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Look, things really won't seem so bad, once you've had the chance to sit down and talk about it.

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And you won't be on your own.

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I'll be there.

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How could we not know she was pregnant?

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I don't know. She was struggling last term, her grades had slipped a bit and I had a word with her.

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Struggling with what. Boyfriends? Trouble at home?

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Her mum's brought her up on her own, but they've got a really strong bond.

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That makes me wonder why she couldn't tell her mum.

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I think we know who the missing mum is now.

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-I can't believe it!

-I didn't think she liked guys.

-I know!

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-We know who the dad is, too!

-Shut it, Sharkey. It's not mine, right?

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Yeah, well, someone got her banged up.

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OK, I 'fess up. I'm the dad.

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We're getting married.

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Her body just did it for me.

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You think this is funny? You think this is a joke?

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-Don't take it out on him, he's not banging kids out without knowing.

-Who's the daddy? You's the daddy!

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-Shut it!

-You've got a sprog, Kyle. Deal with it.

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Hey, think of the benefits, man.

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Hey! What's going on here?

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Kyle!

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Just lie here for me, Ali. I'll be back in a sec

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and then we'll have a little chat, and I'll examine you. All right?

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You've been through a massive ordeal,

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there are people you could've talked to, Ali.

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Your mum,

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one of your teachers, me...

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Might have helped to talk through your options?

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What options?

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I only found out a couple of months ago.

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You must have been terrified,

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giving birth all on your own.

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Were you at home?

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I was in the garage.

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You can't hear from the house.

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So you brought the baby into school.

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You didn't want to leave him in the garage?

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I couldn't,

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no-one'd find him there.

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Why didn't she tell me?

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She's meant to be my girlfriend! What if it's mot mine? Maybe that's why she dumped it.

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She's been with other people.

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Whatever's going on, there's no point beating yourself up

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until you know more.

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Whoa, whoa, whoa, hang on, you need to calm down before you phone her.

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What if it is mine?. Why would she dump it? My kid?

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You don't even know that's what happened yet. So just sit down and relax.

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I never asked to be a dad.

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I'm 17, what do I know about nappies and stuff?

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Blood pressure's a little high and you're a touch anaemic, so I want to keep an eye on that.

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Other than that, you're all clear. Your baby is, too.

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I'll get someone to bring him up if you'd like?

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I left him. I don't deserve him.

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The best place for that little mite is with his mum.

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He's got a fine pair of lungs on him. Probably wants feeding.

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You can have a go if you want.

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D'you think he'll forgive me for what I did?

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I think that it's what happens next that matters.

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You reckon I can do it?

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-Ali! I'll kill her, honest to God, I will.

-Come on, Sarah, don't be too hard on her.

0:25:230:25:28

-Mrs Redback?

-It's Mrs Pearson now.

0:25:280:25:31

-Ali, what have you done?

-I'm sorry, Mum, I'm really sorry!

0:25:310:25:34

I realise this must be a big shock for you both.

0:25:340:25:36

Shock? I might as well give up now.

0:25:360:25:39

My only daughter has a baby at 16 and I didn't even know about it!

0:25:390:25:43

Whose is it, love? Tell me who it is, and I'll sort them out.

0:25:430:25:46

I think we should be talking about how we can help Ali.

0:25:460:25:49

Too late. The damage is already done.

0:25:490:25:51

Don't know how you think we can afford to feed another mouth, what with Callum being out of work.

0:25:510:25:57

I never meant it to happen. I'm sorry.

0:25:570:26:00

It's all right, love. Just give me the boy's name. I'll make sure he puts his hand in his pocket.

0:26:000:26:04

We don't need his money. It's not like she's keeping it. She dumped it, for Christ's sake!

0:26:040:26:09

Mrs Pearson, can I have a word with you?

0:26:090:26:12

Look, Ali's just been through the most incredibly traumatic experience

0:26:160:26:20

and I don't really think this is helping.

0:26:200:26:23

There'll be plenty of time to sit down

0:26:230:26:25

and work out what happens next, but right now, I think she needs your support?

0:26:250:26:29

We only did it. a couple of times.

0:26:370:26:40

She said she was OK, like she wouldn't get pregnant.

0:26:410:26:45

Your sexual behaviour is your responsibility, not Ali's.

0:26:450:26:48

She's not the only girl I've shagged.

0:26:480:26:50

Really? Then I hope for your sake you've been a little bit more careful with all the others.

0:26:500:26:54

Well, all right. There weren't that many.

0:26:540:26:57

Maybe one.

0:26:570:26:59

That doesn't count.

0:26:590:27:01

Ali, she was ages ago. I can't even remember how long,

0:27:010:27:05

and then she started acting weird, like one minute she liked me, next it was get off me,

0:27:050:27:10

like frigid. I couldn't work her out.

0:27:100:27:12

You definitely didn't know that she was pregnant, Kyle?

0:27:120:27:14

No way!

0:27:140:27:16

Not until she started acting funny today.

0:27:160:27:20

OK, listen to me.

0:27:200:27:23

You don't need to do anything until you've thought all this through.

0:27:230:27:26

But if that baby is yours,

0:27:260:27:28

then it is your responsibility.

0:27:280:27:31

You wait here for two minutes.

0:27:320:27:34

Two words. Kyle Stack.

0:27:380:27:40

-He's the dad?

-So he thinks.

0:27:400:27:44

-D'you believe him?

-Well, he's not exactly over the moon about it. I can't see why he'd lie. How's Ali?

0:27:440:27:50

Well, I thought I was getting somewhere with her, then

0:27:500:27:53

her mother and stepfather turned up and she clammed up again.

0:27:530:27:57

'The parents weren't best pleased, I take it?'

0:27:570:27:58

-Understatement.

-'Well, could explain why she dumped the baby.'

0:27:580:28:02

Probably scared how they'd react.

0:28:020:28:03

Maybe. I'll try and have a quiet word with her.

0:28:030:28:07

-see if I can speak to her again.

-'OK.'

-Talk to you later.

-'Bye.'

0:28:070:28:10

# La, la-la, la-la, la-la... #

0:28:180:28:21

Oh, dear, I was going to let you out for morning break, but I won't now.

0:28:210:28:24

Bor-ing. Bor-ing.

0:28:240:28:27

Dear oh, dear. And lunchtime too?

0:28:270:28:31

-Sign here, please.

-And what would that be?

0:28:320:28:36

That is a simple description of your behaviour. Sign.

0:28:360:28:41

You're behaving like you want to be in here the whole term.

0:28:480:28:51

Further insubordination.

0:28:510:28:55

-Sign here, please.

-KNOCK ON DOOR

0:28:550:28:58

Can I have a word, Ms Chaudry?

0:28:580:28:59

Sign.

0:29:000:29:02

-What's happened? What's she done?

-Nothing a two-week exclusion wouldn't sort out.

0:29:070:29:10

-She's a troublemaker.

-Sam is a good kid when you get to know her.

0:29:100:29:14

It's just about how you handle her, that's all.

0:29:140:29:16

Well, I'm a teacher, not a handler.

0:29:160:29:18

Oh, she's got it in for me, Tom.

0:29:180:29:19

That's enough!

0:29:190:29:21

Look, is this some kind of personality clash?

0:29:210:29:24

If making sure this girl behaves properly

0:29:240:29:27

is construed as a personality clash, then it's no wonder this school's going to the dogs.

0:29:270:29:31

In your opinion.

0:29:310:29:34

You can write an essay for me now.

0:29:350:29:37

500 words,

0:29:370:29:38

on insubordination,

0:29:380:29:40

the refuge of the ignorant.

0:29:400:29:43

You all right there?

0:29:540:29:57

Yeah. I just, erm... I came for some glue.

0:29:590:30:02

-Oh?

-The leg on my desk, it's a bit loose.

0:30:040:30:08

Well, I'll put a couple of screws in it for you.

0:30:080:30:09

Listen, listen, it doesn't matter. It's not that bad. Maybe I shouldn't sit on it, eh?

0:30:090:30:15

I don't think school furniture is made for the heavier frame.

0:30:150:30:18

Are the kids taking the mick?

0:30:180:30:21

New teacher and that.

0:30:210:30:23

It's water off a duck's back.

0:30:230:30:26

You know you might want to try identifying the troublemakers

0:30:260:30:29

you know, just one by one and take them to a quiet place somewhere and tell them,

0:30:290:30:34

no second chances.

0:30:340:30:36

I could bring them here, can't I?

0:30:360:30:39

Or...you could try talking to them as you're facing the blackboard.

0:30:390:30:44

-It makes them think you got eyes in the back of your head.

-Aah.

0:30:470:30:50

Or you could try talking to them from the back of the class sometime.

0:30:500:30:54

So they don't know what you're up to.

0:30:540:30:55

You've learned a lot on your rounds, haven't you?

0:30:550:30:58

Not just a pretty face with a broom.

0:30:580:31:00

Ah! He's beautiful.

0:31:050:31:07

I didn't realise before.

0:31:090:31:11

I wouldn't get too attached, love. Not ready to be a mum, yet, are you?

0:31:110:31:16

You don't have to make any decisions yet.

0:31:160:31:18

With all due respect, Mrs Fisher, I think we can take it from here.

0:31:180:31:22

But thank you.

0:31:220:31:24

Oh, of course you can.

0:31:240:31:27

I just want Ali to know she has options.

0:31:270:31:30

And we'll be sure to go through them with her, won't we?

0:31:300:31:32

You know, that's our job,

0:31:320:31:34

not a teacher's.

0:31:340:31:36

BABY CRIES

0:31:360:31:38

Of course.

0:31:390:31:40

BABY CRIES

0:31:410:31:45

I'm sorry about that

0:31:480:31:51

and about going off on one earlier.

0:31:510:31:53

I just. I hate to see her making the same mistakes I did.

0:31:530:31:57

Callum means well.

0:31:570:31:59

He's been the best dad but

0:31:590:32:01

Ali's been a handful ever since we got together.

0:32:010:32:04

It must have been difficult for her,

0:32:040:32:07

suddenly getting a new stepdad after all this time.

0:32:070:32:10

Yeah, but she's 16.

0:32:100:32:11

She's got to learn to grow up.

0:32:110:32:13

Maybe this is what they need, a bit of time together.

0:32:130:32:17

Give 'em a chance to bury the hatchet.

0:32:170:32:18

I can't believe this, Ali.

0:32:220:32:24

You should have told me.

0:32:240:32:27

We've just got to deal with it now. put it behind us.

0:32:270:32:29

And put the baby up for adoption.

0:32:290:32:32

I'm just trying to help you here, babe.

0:32:320:32:35

You understand that?

0:32:350:32:37

The sooner we can put this behind us, the sooner we can get back to life as normal, eh?

0:32:370:32:43

Good girl.

0:32:450:32:47

# Time after time

0:32:470:32:49

# You meet up in my flat

0:32:490:32:52

# Can I have a good time at yours tonight

0:32:520:32:55

# Cos every time... #

0:32:550:32:57

I'll see you later.

0:32:570:33:00

# There is always something big I'm thinking about... #

0:33:000:33:03

Your mate dropped something.

0:33:050:33:07

Tell her from me, don't play silly games. If she fancies me, I prefer the direct approach.

0:33:080:33:14

Do you not fancy her?

0:33:160:33:17

I've not really noticed her.

0:33:170:33:19

Too busy looking at her mate.

0:33:190:33:21

-Aiden, nice to meet you.

-Vicki MacDonald.

-I look forward to seeing more of you, Vicki MacDonald.

0:33:230:33:29

# You want me to be somebody who I'm really not... #

0:33:310:33:35

-Yo, all right, Sam?

-No!

0:33:370:33:40

She's such a bitch! How am I supposed to do this by the end of the day?

0:33:400:33:44

Don't.

0:33:440:33:45

What? And get another detention?

0:33:450:33:48

Oi! Shouldn't you be out buying nappies or something?

0:33:480:33:51

It's all right, mate. I'd be pissed off if I was a dad at your age, too.

0:33:510:33:56

Specially if the mum tried to dump the kid cos she was too embarrassed to own up.

0:33:560:34:00

Finn. Put a sock in it!

0:34:000:34:02

So you are the dad then?

0:34:040:34:07

Well, you either are or you aren't, Kyle.

0:34:080:34:09

Might be.

0:34:090:34:12

-Poor kid.

-And what are you doing about it?

0:34:120:34:15

Typical bloke that,

0:34:180:34:20

get a girl pregnant and then do a runner.

0:34:200:34:23

Just like my dad.

0:34:230:34:25

And yours.

0:34:250:34:27

Right, A level Chemistry.

0:34:540:34:57

Come on you two, you're late.

0:34:570:34:59

-Where's Kyle Stack?

-I think he's finally bailed, Sir.

0:34:590:35:02

He's probably gone to join Fathers 4 Justice or something.

0:35:020:35:05

No, he's gone to do the right thing, actually. For once.

0:35:050:35:09

Right. Now that's done we can all get home, eh?

0:35:250:35:27

Let's see how you're doing in a couple of hours, then we'll see.

0:35:270:35:30

She's fine.

0:35:310:35:32

-You're fine, aren't you, Al?

-I'm sure we'd all rather be safe than sorry.

0:35:320:35:36

Oh, you think you know better than me?

0:35:360:35:38

-Hey? I asked you a question.

-Callum!

0:35:390:35:42

I think you'd best calm down, Mr Pearson,

0:35:420:35:46

-for Ali's sake. I'm sure the last thing she needs at the moment is a scene.

-A scene?.

0:35:460:35:51

I'll give you a scene.

0:35:510:35:52

Why don't you take your husband for a cup of coffee or something stronger?

0:35:540:35:57

She's right, Callum. Come on.

0:35:570:35:59

-I'm going nowhere. She's a bad influence.

-Don't be daft.

0:35:590:36:04

For ten minutes?

0:36:040:36:06

Look, I'm sure your nerves are shot to pieces after the day you've had.

0:36:080:36:13

I know mine are, so

0:36:130:36:16

why don't you treat yourself to a cup of tea at least.

0:36:160:36:21

-Is he always like that?

-What?

0:36:360:36:39

Well, he got a bit scary then.

0:36:390:36:41

He's a bit strict, is he?

0:36:480:36:51

Yeah. With everybody except himself.

0:36:520:36:56

You don't seem to like him very much.

0:36:570:37:00

It doesn't matter. You didn't choose your stepfather.

0:37:050:37:10

He can be dead generous, you know,

0:37:100:37:13

like he got me designer trainers and that.

0:37:130:37:15

That is generous,

0:37:150:37:17

especially as he doesn't have a job.

0:37:170:37:20

Do these gifts just turn up out of the blue?

0:37:230:37:28

No.

0:37:290:37:31

So what for? For birthdays?

0:37:310:37:33

Does your mum know about these expensive gifts?

0:37:420:37:45

Miss. It's a secret.

0:37:470:37:51

SHE SOBS

0:37:510:37:55

Why would you want to keep a secret from your mum, Ali?

0:37:570:37:59

SHE SOBS

0:38:000:38:05

Because he made me.

0:38:060:38:09

He?

0:38:090:38:12

You can say his name, Ali.

0:38:140:38:17

Callum.

0:38:190:38:21

You are not to blame.

0:38:210:38:25

Do you understand?

0:38:250:38:27

-I AM!

-Listen, love, he will never, ever, harm you again.

0:38:270:38:33

You have my word on that.

0:38:340:38:37

It's over. All right?

0:38:370:38:40

You've been so brave.

0:38:420:38:44

I'll be back in a minute.

0:38:530:38:54

Oh, DS Mitchell? Hello, it's Karen Fisher, from Waterloo Road.

0:39:120:39:18

I've just been talking to Ali and there's something I need to speak to you about.

0:39:180:39:22

Ali, I need to talk to you.

0:39:370:39:40

So this is my baby, yeah?

0:39:430:39:44

You shouldn't be here, Kyle.

0:39:440:39:46

-You need to go.

-But if it's my kid. I need to know.

0:39:460:39:48

It's nothing to do with you.

0:39:480:39:50

-Leave, please.

-Don't lie to me, Ali.

0:39:500:39:52

-I know it's mine.

-Kyle, listen.

0:39:520:39:55

Look, I know you might not think like I could be a great dad

0:39:550:39:59

but I like you.

0:39:590:40:03

I really do.

0:40:030:40:05

And I know you like me too.

0:40:050:40:07

So, what I'm saying is, I'll give it a go.

0:40:100:40:13

-Who's this? What's going on?

-You need to go, Kyle. Now.

0:40:160:40:18

-Please!

-So this him, then?

0:40:180:40:21

Stay away from her! Just get out of here!

0:40:210:40:22

You can't do this. I've got rights!

0:40:220:40:24

Get your hands off me.

0:40:240:40:27

-Leave him!

-Kyle!

0:40:270:40:28

Not surprised he's a pupil at your school!

0:40:280:40:30

Kyle wait!

0:40:310:40:33

I just came to help, Miss. It's my kid.

0:40:330:40:36

I think it might be a bit more complicated than that.

0:40:370:40:40

Look, go back to school and stay out of this for now.

0:40:400:40:44

I'll come and talk to you later.

0:40:440:40:46

Go on, trust me.

0:40:460:40:48

Check it out. I'm gonna break some sort of record here.

0:40:550:40:58

Ronan don't be stupid. you're going to break your neck.

0:40:580:41:00

Ten, eleven,

0:41:000:41:03

12, 13, 14,

0:41:030:41:08

15.

0:41:080:41:10

It really wouldn't be nice if you fell on your coccyx would it?

0:41:120:41:14

Watch it, mate.

0:41:140:41:16

Who does that guy think he is?

0:41:190:41:21

Are you going to tell him, Aiden?

0:41:240:41:27

He's my dad, have you got a problem?

0:41:270:41:29

Er, no, sorry. I was just...

0:41:290:41:32

At he stopped you looking like an idiot.

0:41:320:41:34

Sorry, mister. Sorry.

0:41:340:41:36

Don't worry, mate. he's not my responsibility.

0:41:360:41:39

Brave words from somebody who used rubber sheets till they were 12 years old.

0:41:400:41:45

Well, you're not the only one with a parent in school, either.

0:41:490:41:52

-Like I said, he's got his life and I've got mine.

-My mum's the headteacher, Mrs Fisher.

0:41:520:41:58

So we've got something in common, then?

0:41:580:42:00

-Yeah?

-You're not telling me it's easy having your old dear follow you round all day?

0:42:000:42:05

It's a pain in the backside.

0:42:050:42:06

You can say that again.

0:42:060:42:08

So do you know anywhere we could escape to?

0:42:090:42:12

You're a bit full of yourself, aren't you?

0:42:130:42:15

BABY CRIES

0:42:180:42:21

-Hope you enjoy it. You ruined my lunch.

-Perhaps you won't be so keen to mouth off next time.

0:43:140:43:18

I'm sorry if it's a bit messy. I had to rush it, didn't I?

0:43:200:43:24

I'll read it later, Sam. Thank you.

0:43:270:43:30

# Oh, I want you, oh, I need you

0:43:420:43:46

# All I want for me

0:43:460:43:48

# You hold me close... #

0:43:480:43:51

-Enjoying your first day?

0:43:510:43:52

As if.

0:43:520:43:53

You and Jess seemed to hit it off.

0:43:530:43:57

-You were jealous, weren't you?

-What? Me?

0:43:570:44:01

Well, I'm not surprised with that prat of a boyfriend.

0:44:010:44:06

Yeah well, he's not just my boyfriend. We're living together.

0:44:060:44:08

So he WAS practising his moves before?

0:44:080:44:11

If you ever want someone who's not just playing at it. I'm available.

0:44:110:44:16

Yeah, well, just cos me and Ronan are living together,

0:44:180:44:20

doesn't mean I can't window shop now, does it?

0:44:200:44:23

Kyle. I want a word with you!

0:44:240:44:28

-You're well out of order. where have you been?

-Doing the right thing,

0:44:280:44:31

for all the good it did me.

0:44:310:44:34

She told me to do one.

0:44:340:44:36

-I look a right muppet now.

-After everything I said to you about thinking things through.

0:44:360:44:42

Right, you can wait in the cooler till Mrs Fisher gets back.

0:44:420:44:45

See how much of a muppet you look then.

0:44:450:44:47

You still here then?

0:44:520:44:54

Yes. Because I'm concerned about my pupil.

0:44:540:44:58

I'm also waiting to speak to DS Mitchell.

0:44:580:45:00

-She's on her way over here.

-Why?

0:45:000:45:03

She wants to talk to Ali

0:45:030:45:04

about the baby's father.

0:45:040:45:06

I've had enough of this. I'm taking my family home.

0:45:060:45:09

If the police want to speak to Ali, they can do it there.

0:45:090:45:12

She's gone!

0:45:160:45:17

Tom, I think we need another word about Sambuca Kelly.

0:45:250:45:29

This is more than a discipline issue.

0:45:290:45:31

She's been behaving erratically all day.

0:45:310:45:33

You've just described 90% of the pupils in this school.

0:45:330:45:36

Yes, I know of course, but I just can't help thinking there's something else going on.

0:45:360:45:40

And I can't help but thinking that maybe you've got problems of your own.

0:45:400:45:44

Like I said, Sam's a good kid.

0:45:440:45:46

Maybe it's your teaching that needs more work?

0:45:460:45:49

Well, how d'you explain this essay I set?

0:45:500:45:53

It's barely English. never mind A level.

0:45:530:45:55

What? You fell for that? She's having you on.

0:45:570:45:59

Or she's out of her depth and you need to do something about it.

0:45:590:46:02

Fine. I'll have a word.

0:46:020:46:04

In my own time.

0:46:090:46:11

I'm still the head of the department round here, not you.

0:46:110:46:14

BABY CRIES

0:46:200:46:23

# She goes back and forth

0:46:230:46:26

# She goes back... #

0:46:260:46:28

Sir, I need to go to the toilet. It's urgent.

0:47:030:47:05

-A likely story.

-Please, Sir, it's a proper emergency. I promise.

0:47:070:47:10

Please.

0:47:140:47:15

Ali, what's the matter?

0:47:280:47:31

Did you mean what you said about taking care of me and the baby?

0:47:310:47:34

Did you mean that? Do you swear?

0:47:340:47:38

Yeah of course, but...

0:47:380:47:40

I need you to help us get away from them, Kyle. Please.

0:47:400:47:44

What do you mean?

0:47:440:47:46

Has something happened?.

0:47:460:47:48

-Ali what's going on?

-They're going to take him away from us and put him up for adoption.

0:47:480:47:53

-You can't let them do that, Kyle.

-I won't let them! I won't!

0:47:530:47:58

We need to go. Now.

0:47:580:48:01

If we don't, we'll never see him again.

0:48:010:48:04

We need to get him away from them Kyle. Fast.

0:48:040:48:08

BABY CRIES

0:48:080:48:10

You can trust me.

0:48:100:48:12

Oi! You two.

0:48:140:48:16

-Come on.

-Stay where you are.

0:48:170:48:18

Have you any idea why Ali's back here?

0:48:270:48:29

She's there?

0:48:290:48:32

Listen this situation's a bit more complicated than we first thought.

0:48:320:48:35

-I'm 99% sure that the stepfather's been abusing her.

-What?

0:48:350:48:40

So don't let them go anywhere, I'm on my way back.

0:48:400:48:44

You know where they are, don't you?

0:48:440:48:45

They're at the school.

0:48:470:48:49

Which makes it a school matter.

0:48:490:48:52

You're having a laugh, aren't you?

0:48:520:48:54

Get out of my way.

0:48:540:48:55

Ali!

0:49:220:49:23

-What's going on?

-Keep him away from her!

0:49:250:49:27

This is daft, Ali. Just face 'em.

0:49:350:49:37

-Look, I'll sort it for us, don't worry.

-Just keep him away from me!

0:49:370:49:40

Leave us alone. This is our baby.

0:49:420:49:44

Ali! Ali!

0:49:450:49:47

Ali! Listen to me, listen you tell anyone and I swear to God.

0:49:480:49:53

Listen. Nobody's going to believe that I came on to you anyway, are they?

0:49:530:49:56

They won't believe it. Listen. Please.

0:49:560:49:59

-Oi

-Get away from her!

-Stay away, this is none of your business!

0:49:590:50:03

I don't want him touching me, again.

0:50:030:50:05

She's talking crap!

0:50:050:50:09

-Ali, tell the truth.

-I'm so sorry, Mum. I'm so sorry.

-Shut up Ali!

0:50:090:50:16

-Leave her alone!

-Why don't you do one!

0:50:160:50:19

Chris. Chris. That's enough.

0:50:220:50:25

What have you done? What have you done to my daughter? You've ruined everything!

0:50:280:50:33

-What have you done?

-Calm down!

0:50:330:50:36

BABY CRIES

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SCHOOL BELL RINGS

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Come on. Haven't you got a home to go to?

0:50:480:50:51

Well, I knew this school had problems but I really have seen everything now.

0:50:560:51:00

No, you haven't, not until you've been here another 25 years, you haven't seen the half of it.

0:51:000:51:07

Which is why we tend to need a drink of an evening, most nights.

0:51:070:51:11

Anyone fancy joining me for a trip to the pub?

0:51:110:51:14

You not joining them, Daniel?

0:51:200:51:22

Oh, no. I've got stuff to do at home.

0:51:220:51:27

Well, I'm just finishing up here. We'll both go. Talk more tactics, if you like.

0:51:270:51:31

Yeah, I'll see you there.

0:51:330:51:36

Kyle!

0:51:450:51:47

So that's it then. It's not my kid.

0:51:470:51:52

Why would she lie to me, let me think it was mine?

0:51:520:51:54

There's no use blaming Ali or yourself for that matter,

0:51:540:51:59

This was a difficult situation, whichever way you look at it.

0:51:590:52:02

I just suppose I was getting used to the idea of being a dad and...

0:52:140:52:18

I was kinda looking forward to it.

0:52:180:52:21

You know I'd have looked after her, right?

0:52:220:52:25

I still will.

0:52:250:52:27

It doesn't matter whether the baby's mine or not, does it?

0:52:270:52:30

You tried to do the grown-up thing today

0:52:300:52:33

and I'm sorry if I was a bit hard on you earlier.

0:52:330:52:36

You were ready to stand by Ali. You should be proud of yourself.

0:52:360:52:40

I can't believe it.

0:52:530:52:56

How did it happen?

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My own husband and under my own roof.

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I tried to stop him.

0:53:010:53:03

I was too scared to say no.

0:53:030:53:07

I thought...if I could make it all go away, forget about things,

0:53:070:53:13

we could all just get on with our lives, carry on as normal.

0:53:130:53:18

And then when I saw my baby for the first time in the hospital...

0:53:190:53:24

..and I knew I was going to have to give him up.

0:53:260:53:29

I couldn't.

0:53:320:53:34

I couldn't let Callum ruin that baby's life as well.

0:53:370:53:41

You should've told me. I'd have stopped it.

0:53:410:53:44

I was scared, Mum. I still am.

0:53:440:53:49

Please.

0:53:510:53:52

Ali needs your love and support now, more than any other time in her life, Sarah.

0:53:520:53:59

The school can only go so far

0:53:590:54:03

but if you don't have each other.

0:54:030:54:05

I'm sorry, love.

0:54:100:54:13

I am so sorry. I love you.

0:54:130:54:18

You know that, don't you?

0:54:180:54:20

CAR HORN TOOTS

0:54:340:54:36

I think I need a word about today, don't you?

0:54:360:54:38

I'm not in the mood, Tom. Will you just leave me alone?

0:54:380:54:40

Look, I've not been in the mood for the earache

0:54:400:54:42

I've been getting off Miss Chaudry, but I've had to listen to it! Get in.

0:54:420:54:45

I thought this was a fresh start for you. What's happened?

0:54:500:54:52

It is. I'm trying.

0:54:520:54:55

What d'you call this essay then?

0:54:550:54:58

-A wind-up?

-I just can't get my head together, I can't focus.

0:54:580:55:00

I'm serious, Tom, I'm trying my best.

0:55:000:55:05

I've spoken to Social Services. Ali's being taken into temporary care.

0:55:050:55:11

You did the right thing. There's nothing else you could have done.

0:55:110:55:15

I wish I could say the same about the way you behaved.

0:55:150:55:17

The guy's a monster. If you hadn't stopped me, I'd still be punching him now.

0:55:170:55:21

What? And end up in jail alongside him?

0:55:210:55:22

-Yeah, good idea.

-Well, how do we stop this thing from happening again?

0:55:220:55:26

I don't know. Install spy cameras in their homes?

0:55:260:55:30

I tell you, we wouldn't have half the damaged kids we've got.

0:55:300:55:33

That's the job, I'm afraid.

0:55:340:55:37

Just when I thought I'd worked in every loony bin possible.

0:55:470:55:50

Well, this place...

0:55:500:55:53

Mind you, I could've done with a headteacher like you when I was growing up.

0:55:540:55:58

You'd have kept me in line.

0:55:590:56:02

That was kind of you to say, Rob.

0:56:040:56:06

Thanks.

0:56:060:56:08

Just don't let it go to your head.

0:56:080:56:10

It might burst.

0:56:100:56:11

-I'll see you tomorrow.

-You will. No early alarm calls, I promise.

0:56:140:56:18

You should see her daughter.

0:56:250:56:27

Don't even think about it.

0:56:270:56:31

Just stay out of her way, all right?

0:56:310:56:34

-Sam, I haven't finished yet.

-I've finished with you, Tom. Can you not just leave me alone?

0:56:350:56:39

-This is an A level year, you can't afford to mess about.

-I told you. I'm not messing about!

0:56:390:56:43

I can't concentrate. I can't see properly.

0:56:430:56:45

-Tom, I don't know what's wrong with me.

-Come here.

0:56:450:56:50

Sam. Sambuca!?

0:56:520:56:55

SHE GROANS

0:56:570:56:58

Sam? Sam!

0:56:590:57:02

ROSE!

0:57:040:57:05

It's all right. It's all right, Sam. Sam. Sam.

0:57:050:57:10

ROSE!

0:57:110:57:12

Look at me.

0:57:180:57:20

What's going on?

0:57:200:57:21

-It's just a migraine. I told you.

0:57:210:57:24

I think he fancies you.

0:57:270:57:29

-Chris? Don't be daft.

-You know full well who I mean.

0:57:290:57:32

Oh, my God, you total perv. He was sniffing my bra, I swear!

0:57:380:57:41

That's my bra, you dirty pig.

0:57:410:57:43

You're surrounded by people going through the same thing.

0:57:430:57:46

Nobody's going through what I am.

0:57:460:57:48

What's your problem, what have you got to worry about?

0:57:480:57:50

-Your mum don't understand you?

-I've got cancer!

0:57:500:57:53

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0:57:530:57:56

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0:57:560:58:00

It is the first day back at school, and returning head teacher Karen Fisher has plenty to contend with when the new site manager, Rob Scotcher, discovers an abandoned baby on the premises.

New staff members Eleanor Chaudry and Daniel Chalk adapt differently to life at Waterloo Road. Elsewhere, Rob's son Aiden makes a memorable first impression on Jess and Vicki.


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