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The local authority are discussing our status,

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whether we're failing as a school or whether I'm failing as a head.

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You get another girl pregnant, you're on your own, son.

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This is Scout. She's new today and she's in your class.

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-I'm pregnant.

-My dad is going to kill me.

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My period's late. It's Aiden's.

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How could you be so stupid?

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-It wasn't enough nicking my girlfriend, was it? You had to get her pregnant as well.

-What?

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It gives me no joy to serve a warning notice on this school.

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MUSIC: "Say Aha" by Santogold.

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-I'll be late for school.

-And they're paying you, are they?

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Jess, are you all right? I've got an early meeting.

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Fine.

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Apparently it's worse in the beginning.

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OK. If you're sure.

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I've decided I'm going to keep it.

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Great. Uncle Harry. How old does that sound?

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Are you absolutely certain that's what you want?

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Well, you said it's my decision.

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And I'll back you.

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Can we just keep it to ourselves for now?

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The last thing we need is for the whole school to find out.

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-Did you hear that, Harry?

-Yeah!

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Speak later.

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DOG BARKS

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Morning.

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I'm sorry for dragging you in so early, but I wouldn't do it without good reason.

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The LA have served us with a warning notice.

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-What, they're shutting us down?

-No, it's only a warning.

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Um, no final decision has been made.

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-That's reassuring(!)

-On what grounds?

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They're blaming a breakdown in management.

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My management.

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But we have got the full support of the governors and we'll be appealing the notice.

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-Well, I'm glad to hear it.

-The bottom line is we have to be whiter than white.

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Can we put this behind us today, as it's the sixth form elections?

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Try and enjoy it.

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Pointless charade if ever there was one.

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We'll be announcing the results after school.

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Thanks, everyone.

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Richard, everyone's pretty rattled. She's just told them about it.

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But I thought you should know, she's saying she's got the support of the governors.

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Look, it's a weekend viewing or nothing.

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I'm very busy at work.

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Estate agents. Just kill 'em!

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Right, time to prove what a load of crap this warning notice is.

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Why bother? It'll be P45s by Friday.

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Not if we offer Karen our support, starting by nailing our colours to the mast.

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-Are you sure you want to take me on? I was a member of the Tory Party at 15.

-Counts for nothing round here.

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-Labour heartland.

-Lib Dem?

-What? And get into bed with you lot?

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I wouldn't mind getting into bed with you.

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Metaphorically speaking.

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Vote Conservative, guys!

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-Hi, vote for Labour.

-Vote for Jess, Conservatives!

-You guys vote for me. Thank you.

-Vote Conservative!

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-Minging.

-What did you expect from the Slapper Party anyway?

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-What are you like?

-Serious. These are dangerous weapons.

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Massage you into submission any day.

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Oh, might have to take you up on that.

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Don't forget to vote Conservative!

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-How's it going?

-Yeah, great.

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The longer you leave it, the harder it's going to be.

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They hate me.

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Yeah.

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Oi, come on, come on!

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We agreed - you're going to step up and take some responsibility.

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-You're a Scotcher.

-We do the right thing.

-Good.

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Vote Conservative.

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The future's bright, the future's blue.

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Didn't know you supported City.

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Jess, can we just talk about this?

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Which bit do you want to talk about? You cheating on me or that we're both pregnant?

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I'm trying to do the right thing, give you some support.

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Yeah, well, you haven't told anyone, have you?

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-Hardly.

-Good. Because it's no-one's business.

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This is my baby too. I've got rights.

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You had your chance, Aiden, and you were AWOL.

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KNOCK ON DOOR

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Come in.

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What is it?

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Ah, OK.

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I've had a long chat with Aiden and he'll speak with the girls today.

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Well, that's a start.

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Oh, he'll do the right thing, Karen.

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I'll make sure of it.

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Good.

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-Was there anything else?

-No.

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I'll leave you to it.

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Add ten drops of ethanol to the sodium dichromate

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and shake.

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Scout, you're late again.

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Haven't got a pen, sir.

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Here.

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Sit down.

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Right, finally, we gently heat the test tube over the Bunsen burner.

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Eurgh. Ah, that stinks!

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Nearly as bad as Scout.

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CHILDREN LAUGH

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-Denzil!

-Take a proper sniff. Hopefully it's poisonous.

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Oi! That's enough, you two. Right, everyone, back to your seats.

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Homework!

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I want you to write up the results of this experiment on these worksheets.

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Bring it in next lesson, please.

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Is there any danger of you ever turning up on time?

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I keep getting lost, sir.

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-Not used to t'area.

-Well, this place isn't a drop-in centre.

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BELL RINGS

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Make sure you get a worksheet off me before you leave.

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Ah-ah, kids before pigs.

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-OMG! You just touched it. Antiseptic!

-Quick.

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CHILDREN LAUGH

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Welcome to the first of today's hustings.

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Miss Chaudry?

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Each candidate will make a brief opening statement.

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First up - Jess Fisher, Conservatives.

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The Conservative Party stands for diversity.

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So if you vote for me, you will get a full social calendar.

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Film nights to salsa classes, from bingo to...all sorts.

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This place will be buzzing.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Thanks, Jess. Vicki MacDonald, the Labour Party!

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POLITE APPLAUSE

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Bingo?

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Doesn't that prove just how out of touch the Conservatives are?

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We want to know what you think.

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We're going to set up an entertainment committee to get this party started.

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-Whoo!

-APPLAUSE

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-What about a mother and toddler group?

-LAUGHTER

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Oh, that's a bit of an exclusive club.

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For God's sake, stop going on like it's something to be proud of.

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Just let it go.

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I don't think you're going to get the sympathy vote on getting pregnant with that idiot.

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You can't talk, you hypocrite.

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Shut it, Aiden!

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What? You going to deny it?

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She's up the duff as well.

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EXCITED MURMUR

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You couldn't keep your big mouth shut, could you?

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Have any of them heard of protection or..?

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No, they don't make condoms small enough for him.

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Let's just simmer down, shall we?

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Get back to the election, please.

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-Quiet, please!

-Settle down!

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Let's hear from the other two cos I'm not going to waste my vote on these two slappers!

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You! Into the cooler. Now!

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-I had no idea.

-Oh, I'm sorry, did I not run it by you first?

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-It's Aiden's?

-Yes, it's Aiden's. I don't sleep around.

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Will you all shut up!

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Peter Gillan. Green Party.

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MUSIC: "Bloodbuzz Ohio" by The National

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-Oi! What do you think you're doing?

-SHE SCREAMS

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Get yourself dressed and see me in the pastoral care office.

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What're you doing stealing food?

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Don't they feed you at home?

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-Big appetite.

-I don't think so.

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You're skin and bones.

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Metabolism, isn't it?

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You'd know that, being a science teacher.

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But washing in the canteen.

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-It's none of your business.

-It is when you're meant to be in class.

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Look...

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You can stop the teasing by just making sure you have a wash before you come to school.

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Mum was hogging the bathroom.

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She's a model. Needs to look good.

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I don't want to have to call her in, Scout.

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OK.

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I'm sorry.

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It won't happen again.

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Happy?

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No. No, I'm not. Something's going on. What is it?

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Nothing's going on.

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I promise.

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OK.

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Off you go.

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Scout?

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If you change your mind, you know where I am.

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I'm not tolerating that kind of behaviour.

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You can take a couple of days to cool off.

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And what about Jess and Vicki?

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It takes two to make a baby, in case you'd forgot.

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Enough! Apologise.

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-You're disrupting the whole school, you know that?

-You can stuff your school.

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-I really thought I'd got through to him.

-Obviously not!

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-I'll try again.

-The suspension still stands.

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Can't you give him another chance?

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I'm going to do what's right for the school.

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Oi.

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Oi!

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What is it with you, Aiden? Mm?

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You promise me you're going to grow up, you end up behaving like a petulant child.

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-Listen to me.

-Get off me!

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You know, as soon as things look all right, you screw it up for us.

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What is it you expect from me? I am what I am.

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I'm a screw-up. I can't change that.

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KNOCK AT DOOR

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Yeah, come in.

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Erm, I hear, er, you've got some concerns about Jodi Allen?

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At least the grapevine's in fine working order.

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Yep, I've got her file here. It's a rainforest's worth of truancy reports and letters home.

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Well, she's, er, definitely here today.

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In body at least.

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I'll take it from here.

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Come on, Goldilocks.

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I'm not giving up this time, Scout.

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So you may as well stop all the games and tell me exactly what's going on.

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I was up early on my paper round.

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Loads of kids have paper rounds, you don't see them falling asleep in class.

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You ever been to one of Mr Chalk's lessons?

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The last thing this school needs is a reputation for letting kids sleep the day away.

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PHONE RINGS

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That should be off.

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Oi!

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I take it that's yours?

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No. You've got it wrong. Give it back, sir. I need 'em.

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-Come on. You're coming with me.

-It's my mum's, she's ill!

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She's got MS.

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Please, Mr Mead. She's really suffering.

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The drugs the doctors give her, they're rubbish.

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Let me have it back. Please?

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You know that I can't do that.

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Look, I'm sorry about your mum...

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You're not sorry. You're just like all the rest!

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Scout!

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Scout!

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Scout!

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Oi! Oi! Is it man?

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Or is it a machine?

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-BOTH:

-No, it's sperminator!

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Shut it!

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-What you doing?

-Leaving. I can look after myself.

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-You can't leave.

-Watch me!

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Er, have you forgotten something?

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-I'm pregnant and so is Jess. We need to talk.

-You'll be fine.

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And how d'ya work that one out? I've got no-one else.

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It's too late. I'm out of here.

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Mrs Allen? Hi. It's Chris Mead from Waterloo Road.

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-That woman!

-I knew I wasn't the only one they hung up on.

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-I hope that's fairtrade.

-On teacher's wages?

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I knew you couldn't do it.

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-And what's that?

-Green is too much of a modern concept.

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You're still steam engines and coal fires. A dinosaur.

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-I can do green.

-Tenner says you can't.

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-I'll have some of that.

-You're on.

-Daniel?

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Easiest money I'll make all week.

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Tom? Got a sec?

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I've just found this on Jodie Allen.

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-Ah, well, that explains a lot.

-She's saying her mum's got MS.

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-You don't believe that.

-Can you file it for me while I get it checked out?

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Yeah, course.

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Well, the LA can't accuse us of not caring.

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What do you think? Fitting for a returning officer?

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Very Maggie.

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Who's that?

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KNOCK AT DOOR

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-Here we go.

-Thanks.

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Hey, my mum went right on one when I told her that I was up the spout.

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I thought that it was going to make her feel a bit older but it's given her a right lease of life.

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Ah, that's reassuring to know.

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Although she did take up knitting.

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Could you get Chris Mead to countersign that

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and then fax the whole thing through to the governors?

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I hope you don't mind me asking, but this warning notice...

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-am I going to be out of a job?

-I don't think it'll come to that.

-When will I know?

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-I mean, I have got Cheryl to look after.

-I think we'll be all right.

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Hey. Just to let you to know, if there's anything I can do to help with the appeal...

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I'm on it.

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Well, I'm here if you need me.

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If there's anything at all I can do then let me know.

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BELL RINGS

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Darren, I've lost that bag of weed.

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I can't find it anywhere. I'm sorry.

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Have a word with her.

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Oi!

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MUSIC: "Perfect Stranger" by Magnetic Man

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# I didn't have to turn around

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# I could feel him in the back of my brain... #

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-Had to do it on the hob.

-Thanks.

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Was waiting for Scout to put some more money on t'leccy.

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I thought I'd find her here.

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Haven't seen her since this morning.

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She told me about your illness. Must be hard for all of you.

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I caught her with drugs. She said it was for your MS.

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Yeah...yeah, that's right.

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I know when I've been played.

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They're not hers.

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She just looks after 'em for people.

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-Cops don't turn over 15-year-old girls.

-And you're OK with that?

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Benefits don't go very far and till our numbers come up,

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it's one way of bringing extra cash in.

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-One way?

-She's got a paper round as well.

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You can't rely on Scout to provide. What does your social worker say?

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No, don't tell them. They'll take her away.

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She's a child, she shouldn't have this much responsibility.

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She turns up to school, doesn't she?

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Look, I don't know what she was used to at her last school,

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but we take the welfare of pupils seriously.

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She's all right. Just...just leave us alone.

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-It's not fair on Scout.

-Please. She's all I've got.

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No, I understand. Thanks for your time.

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Problems?

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Social services can't help Scout. They say she's not a high risk.

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Things didn't go too well with the mother, then?

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She's a waste of time. She relies on Scout to do everything.

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The authorities have their hands tied, so... another kid lost in the system.

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Surely they're entitled to some help if the woman's ill.

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She was lying about the MS.

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She's running drugs to pay the bills.

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Tom...can we lose them?

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You're not serious?

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This is a kid's future.

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But there's a line you don't cross.

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Especially when we've got this warning notice hanging over us.

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If this girl drops out, she'll be just like her mum.

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A kid in tow and all the spark gone. I don't want that to happen.

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Please...

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You get her sorted, I'll take her name off the form.

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-But you've got to hand the drugs in.

-Cheers, mate.

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You've got my vote.

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Where d'ya find that?

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Antiques Roadshow? What happened? Daddy take off your stabilisers?

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I was only messing, you loon!

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-Hey, you all right?

-What do you care?

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-You're just jealous.

-Like why? He's a minger.

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It'll be me he's running those fingers along.

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-Wahey! Two-nil, Scotcher! Back of the net.

-Shut up.

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-At least the CSA won't be on your case.

-Oh, mate, they'll bankrupt Aiden, big time.

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-Cheaper being a jaffa.

-Leave him alone.

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What, like you did?

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Ronan, wait.

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-You know Aiden's left?

-Pity he didn't take you with him.

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-Ladies, mind if I join you?

-We were just leaving.

-I wasn't.

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-I need that grass back.

-Your mum hasn't got MS. I went round to your flat.

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Think you know everything 'bout us now, then, do you?

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I know that she shouldn't be relying on you like she does.

0:24:240:24:27

I'm in trouble cos of you. They want the stuff. Don't you get it?

0:24:270:24:32

Yes, I get it. Which is why there's no way I'll give it you back.

0:24:320:24:35

Your mum might not have a problem with it but I do. It's illegal.

0:24:350:24:39

-So?

-So, if you get caught, it's a one-way ticket into care.

0:24:390:24:45

-Or prison.

-What are you going to do? Grass me up?

0:24:450:24:49

If that's what it takes, yes. Get inside!

0:24:490:24:53

Hey, it's not the end of world, you know? I mean, look at me.

0:24:550:24:58

Single mum, great job. I couldn't be happier.

0:24:580:25:01

The actual birth bit is pretty painful and gross but you end up...

0:25:010:25:06

Are you waiting for me, Vicki? Come on through.

0:25:060:25:10

Just take a seat.

0:25:130:25:15

I want to leave.

0:25:300:25:31

Why?

0:25:330:25:34

-Aiden's going.

-Is he taking you with him?

-Hardly!

0:25:350:25:41

I'm as much to blame for this mess. And everyone here hates me.

0:25:420:25:46

I don't think so.

0:25:460:25:47

They do.

0:25:470:25:49

And seeing them everyday reminds me of what a cow I've been.

0:25:490:25:53

I mean, where did I go wrong with the lad?

0:25:530:25:56

It's like he's got a self-destruct button.

0:25:560:26:00

It's not your fault.

0:26:000:26:02

You've got to stop making excuses for him. I mean, he did the crime.

0:26:020:26:07

-He's not leaving.

-Well, why not?

0:26:070:26:09

That's what he wants to do.

0:26:090:26:11

Because he has to learn you can't keep running away.

0:26:110:26:15

He's got everything for him here.

0:26:170:26:19

Don't you think it's time you stopped telling him what to do?

0:26:190:26:22

He's old enough to make his own decisions.

0:26:220:26:25

It shouldn't be your responsibility to provide for your family.

0:26:270:26:31

Shouldn't. Couldn't. Whatever! It's all right for you with your nice job, nice house, nice car.

0:26:310:26:37

We need that money.

0:26:370:26:40

-I'll lend you some. How much?

-I'm not a charity case.

-All right.

0:26:400:26:45

All right, then, work for it.

0:26:450:26:48

I'll pay you to help at the election party.

0:26:480:26:50

You won't earn as much but it's a start.

0:26:500:26:53

You just steer clear of the drugs.

0:26:530:26:56

I'm not working for you.

0:26:560:26:58

My family look after each other.

0:26:580:27:00

You're looking after your mum and your brother.

0:27:000:27:03

Nobody's taking care of you.

0:27:030:27:05

I can take care of myself.

0:27:050:27:06

Have you any idea how much trouble you're in?

0:27:060:27:11

All right...

0:27:220:27:25

you need to think about this.

0:27:250:27:27

How are you doing?

0:27:440:27:45

So much for the whole school not finding out.

0:27:450:27:49

-I could kill Aiden.

-He's going.

0:27:490:27:52

I heard.

0:27:530:27:55

Vicki wants to go as well.

0:27:570:27:58

Well, I'm sure they'll make a nice couple.

0:27:580:28:02

-Bonnie and Clyde.

-She's not leaving with him.

0:28:020:28:06

She doesn't feel that she's welcome here any more.

0:28:060:28:09

-That's perceptive.

-You don't mean that.

-Don't I?

0:28:090:28:14

She could really use a friend right now.

0:28:180:28:21

Why is everybody so concerned about her?

0:28:210:28:24

She slept with MY boyfriend behind MY back.

0:28:240:28:29

She doesn't have anyone, Jess. Don't you think she's had enough punishment?

0:28:290:28:35

Yeah, well, at least she hasn't got people judging her.

0:28:350:28:39

Don't pretend you want me to keep this baby.

0:28:390:28:42

I just don't want you to do anything you'll regret.

0:28:420:28:47

The only thing I regret is telling you anything about it.

0:28:470:28:52

Atticus warned that, "It's a sin to kill a mockingbird." Why?

0:28:540:29:00

Why, Jodie Allen?

0:29:040:29:06

Miss Allen?

0:29:130:29:15

Because they do nothing but sing their hearts out.

0:29:150:29:20

Meaning?

0:29:220:29:23

We shouldn't harm those who don't harm us.

0:29:230:29:27

Right, I want two sides from all of you on the role of Boo Radley.

0:29:290:29:33

-CLASS GROANS

-Shhhh!

0:29:330:29:36

Who's Boo Radley?

0:29:410:29:42

-Won't you need a gas mask sitting there?

-I'll survive.

0:29:420:29:46

-PHONE RINGS

-Turn it off.

0:29:460:29:50

Lend us some money?

0:29:560:29:57

What is going on?

0:30:040:30:07

Couldn't lend us a tenner, sir? CLASS LAUGHS

0:30:070:30:10

Cooler. Now!

0:30:100:30:13

PHONE RINGS

0:30:260:30:29

-Read that out for me.

-"Ethanol is made..."

0:30:460:30:49

-Carry on with that, yeah?

-"..barley and potatoes..."

0:30:530:30:55

Scout?

0:30:590:31:01

Did you want me?

0:31:020:31:05

Is that job still available?

0:31:080:31:09

How much do you owe him?

0:31:120:31:14

25.

0:31:150:31:17

All right, but there's one condition.

0:31:190:31:22

No more couriering and you never go near drugs ever again.

0:31:240:31:29

-That's two conditions.

-I'm serious, Scout.

0:31:290:31:31

-I'm not helping if I can't trust you.

-You can. Promise.

0:31:310:31:36

Good. And I meant what I said - you're earning this.

0:31:360:31:41

Thanks, sir.

0:31:430:31:46

You won't survive without Waterloo Road. You need this place.

0:32:010:32:05

I'm not the one tied to a family.

0:32:050:32:07

You won't be free when that one comes.

0:32:070:32:09

At least I won't have people telling me what to do with my own kid.

0:32:090:32:13

Because you won't know anybody, so there won't be much chance of a night out with your mates.

0:32:130:32:18

-Listen to us.

-Like a couple of bitching politicians.

0:32:260:32:30

I'm... I am really sorry, you know, Jess.

0:32:370:32:40

I just wish this never happened.

0:32:430:32:44

Yeah, well, it wasn't exactly on my life plan...

0:32:470:32:50

being up the duff without a paddle before I leave school.

0:32:500:32:54

I always said if I had a kid, I'd give it everything I never had.

0:32:550:33:00

Like stability, a proper family.

0:33:020:33:04

Now there's not much chance of that, is there?

0:33:060:33:09

You know, I could really use someone to talk to.

0:33:110:33:14

Someone that...understands

0:33:160:33:19

just how terrifying all this really is.

0:33:190:33:22

You all right?

0:33:360:33:37

-I can't do this any more.

-Is this about the bike?

0:33:430:33:46

Look, I feel really bad about that. Just keep the money to pay for it.

0:33:460:33:50

I mean it, Darren.

0:33:500:33:52

-If I get caught...

-You're too good to get caught.

0:33:550:33:58

It doesn't matter what they tell you in there.

0:34:000:34:04

You're never going to earn this sort of money anywhere else.

0:34:040:34:07

You don't want to let me down, Scout?

0:34:110:34:13

Pick up some gear from there and keep it safe till tomorrow.

0:34:150:34:18

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:34:280:34:30

-..And the Labour Party will set up an eco-committee.

-What?! Thieving...

0:34:300:34:34

No, no...thieving magpie. That is one of ours.

0:34:340:34:37

-We also propose to get rid of uniform for sixth form.

-Not that old chestnut!

0:34:370:34:43

We can express ourselves.

0:34:430:34:45

Fact is, if you've got it, you'll look good in anything! I don't have a problem with uniform.

0:34:450:34:51

Formal uniform is elitist and unnecessary, much like the honourable lady.

0:34:510:34:56

Oh! And what is he going to do when pupils get victimised

0:34:560:35:00

because they can't afford the latest fashion?

0:35:000:35:03

You can get three decent outfits for the cost of a blazer.

0:35:050:35:08

Yeah, thanks to sweatshops in the Far East!

0:35:080:35:12

I thought you were the party that campaigned for workers' rights.

0:35:120:35:15

Is New Labour condoning slave labour?

0:35:150:35:18

-No, of course not. Of course not.

-Sorry, out of time...

0:35:180:35:22

Jess?

0:35:220:35:24

The Conservatives will introduce a new pupil-teacher committee where we work together on issues.

0:35:240:35:30

Er, whoa! What good will that do? They can't agree as it is!

0:35:300:35:34

LAUGHTER

0:35:340:35:35

BELL RINGS

0:35:350:35:37

-OK. Voting is now open in the hall!

-CHEERING

0:35:370:35:41

-Thought I'd been stung for a minute there.

-Sorry. Had to put some leccy on t'key for Mum.

0:36:110:36:17

Did you have any trouble paying that debt?

0:36:170:36:20

He wasn't happy at losing his employee of the month but he didn't get nasty or nothing.

0:36:200:36:25

Good.

0:36:250:36:27

New start?

0:36:270:36:30

It's lost property but it'll do.

0:36:300:36:33

Got to look your best, haven't you? Now, shoes!

0:36:350:36:39

-Eww!

-What you doing?

0:36:440:36:46

Best to be on the safe side.

0:36:460:36:49

There's a wash bag here, the changing rooms are open.

0:36:510:36:54

Why are you being so nice to me?

0:37:000:37:03

Most people are, when you give 'em half a chance.

0:37:040:37:09

I won't be making a habit of it, you know?

0:37:120:37:14

Eleanor?

0:37:200:37:23

Ah, come to witness a historic Conservative victory?

0:37:230:37:27

No time for frivolities, I'm afraid.

0:37:270:37:30

Karen's causing more waves than expected, so keep the lines of communication open.

0:37:300:37:35

How about...drugs?

0:37:350:37:39

Go on. I'm interested.

0:37:410:37:43

Chris Mead found some on a Year Ten girl this morning.

0:37:440:37:48

-Have the police been informed?

-Not that I know of.

-Don't you think they should?

-Well, I...

0:37:480:37:53

-Would you mind? Can't keep Her Majesty waiting.

-But...

0:37:530:37:57

..the police? Isn't that going a bit far?

0:37:590:38:01

-Well, we have the information, we have to act on it.

-I thought we were after Karen Fisher.

0:38:010:38:06

Eleanor, you can't back out now.

0:38:060:38:09

I told him he couldn't come straight in.

0:38:170:38:20

It's all right, Janeece. I'll take it from here.

0:38:200:38:23

Richard, how can I help you?

0:38:270:38:29

I've just had an interesting call from your chair of governors.

0:38:290:38:32

-What have you been saying?

-He has a right to know the truth.

0:38:320:38:37

-I have his backing.

-If you think they'll believe you, you're more deluded than I thought.

0:38:380:38:43

We both know this isn't about Waterloo Road,

0:38:430:38:47

this is about a problem you have with me.

0:38:470:38:49

That's just semantics. You need to face facts, Karen.

0:38:490:38:53

You're a failure, this school is a failure and it will be closed.

0:38:530:38:58

I have two weeks to appeal this notice.

0:38:580:39:03

-And I will.

-Don't embarrass yourself.

0:39:030:39:07

You appeal this notice and the gloves are off.

0:39:070:39:09

If you want a fight, Richard, I'm ready.

0:39:090:39:12

Resign.

0:39:150:39:17

-I beg your pardon?

-Resign today.

0:39:180:39:22

I'm giving you a way out.

0:39:220:39:25

This school needs me to protect it from you.

0:39:250:39:31

Now, get out. I'm busy.

0:39:340:39:37

Oi! Been looking for you.

0:39:440:39:46

-Wow. You look like a...

-What?

0:39:460:39:50

..a girl.

0:39:510:39:53

Don't! You look all right.

0:39:530:39:55

-Come on.

-What?

-Come on!

0:39:550:39:59

-Wait for it.

-What's the story with Mr Mead anyway? He seems all right.

0:40:010:40:07

Better than some, I suppose. He's still a teacher. Ready?

0:40:070:40:11

-Oh, my God! It's...

-Mint?

0:40:120:40:16

-Yeah! Why'd you do it?

-Mr Scotcher helped me.

0:40:160:40:20

You've got your own thing going on.

0:40:200:40:24

-You're off your head.

-I get first crack.

0:40:250:40:29

MUSIC BLARES

0:40:320:40:34

Look, I've been thinking...

0:40:340:40:36

HE SWITCHES MUSIC OFF

0:40:400:40:41

Do you know what, Aiden? You're right.

0:40:410:40:44

-I should be treating you like an adult.

-Hallelujah!

0:40:440:40:49

So if you want to leave... leave.

0:40:490:40:52

-You're OK with that?

-It's your decision.

0:40:520:40:55

-Where would we go?

-We wouldn't go anywhere.

0:40:570:41:01

I'm staying.

0:41:010:41:02

Let me know.

0:41:020:41:05

Wait!

0:41:070:41:08

-I was just saying... saying that about leaving.

-Mm-hm.

0:41:110:41:14

Cos I was mad at myself for messing up.

0:41:140:41:18

Like father, like son.

0:41:230:41:24

Hardly.

0:41:240:41:26

You were a mistake, you know?

0:41:260:41:28

Well, me and your mum, we weren't that steady.

0:41:280:41:33

Never saw past the weekend, me.

0:41:340:41:37

But, er...as soon as I found out she was pregnant,

0:41:370:41:42

first thing I did was talk to her.

0:41:420:41:44

Why didn't you tell me before?

0:41:460:41:48

I can't see it makes any difference.

0:41:480:41:52

I promised her I'd always be there. And I've been true to my word.

0:41:520:41:56

Hey, look, I can't criticise you for what's happened.

0:41:580:42:02

If I hadn't done the same, I wouldn't have...

0:42:030:42:06

the most precious thing in my life.

0:42:060:42:08

-I don't want to go, Dad.

-Good.

0:42:100:42:12

Now, Jess and Vicki are good girls. You're going to have to step up.

0:42:120:42:18

Thought you weren't going to tell me what to do any more.

0:42:180:42:21

Old habits die hard.

0:42:210:42:24

-Besides, got my own life to be getting on with.

-Oh, yeah?

0:42:240:42:29

Time to move on.

0:42:310:42:34

Good afternoon, everybody, and a very big thank you

0:42:370:42:40

to everyone who's been involved in today's elections.

0:42:400:42:45

Now, the votes are in, so without further ado,

0:42:450:42:49

I'm going to pass you over to Waterloo Road's returning officer.

0:42:490:42:53

Returning officer. That's fitting, that,

0:42:560:42:59

cos I did used to be a pupil at this school,

0:42:590:43:02

and now I'm back as a sort of teacher.

0:43:020:43:04

GIGGLING

0:43:040:43:07

Get on with it.

0:43:070:43:09

So the number of votes that have been cast in the constituency of Waterloo Road are as follows...

0:43:090:43:17

Liberal Democrat, 97.

0:43:170:43:21

APPLAUSE

0:43:210:43:25

Green Party, 113.

0:43:250:43:28

Yes!

0:43:280:43:31

Conservative, 138.

0:43:310:43:36

APPLAUSE

0:43:360:43:38

And Labour is...

0:43:390:43:42

..138. It's a draw.

0:43:430:43:47

-I demand a recount.

-Is there no end to the misery?

0:43:470:43:51

Well, there is an alternative.

0:43:510:43:56

A coalition?

0:43:560:43:58

APPLAUSE

0:44:130:44:16

-Have you seen Jodie Allen?

-Try the cooler.

0:44:250:44:28

-Tut, tut! Go on.

-We're going to be out of pocket.

0:44:320:44:36

Mrs Fisher?

0:44:370:44:40

It's the police.

0:44:420:44:44

Karen Fisher.

0:44:440:44:46

Oi! You're meant to be working. C'mon.

0:44:520:44:55

-Got to go!

-I'll keep your seat warm!

0:44:550:44:58

Orange juice for the mums!

0:45:030:45:05

Are you ready to work those magic fingers?

0:45:050:45:08

I can feel the tension already.

0:45:080:45:11

Yeah, if you want.

0:45:110:45:13

Look, next time you want to make someone jealous, don't use me.

0:45:170:45:20

LAUGHTER

0:45:200:45:21

-Chris?

-Yes?

-The police have just received a tip-off

0:45:310:45:35

that there are drugs in the school.

0:45:350:45:38

-They want to search the premises.

-OK.

-OK?

0:45:380:45:41

Are those drugs still locked in the staffroom?

0:45:450:45:48

-Yeah.

-We might have some explaining to do.

0:45:480:45:51

OK, if I can have your attention, everybody, please.

0:45:510:45:55

The police are on a routine inspection, so if we could have your co-operation. Thank you very much.

0:45:550:46:01

You did file them, didn't you? Chris?

0:46:010:46:06

-You've got some on you, haven't you?

-He was threatening me.

0:46:100:46:13

-He told me I had to look after 'em.

-Here.

0:46:130:46:16

Chris?

0:46:220:46:24

This is Chris Mead, our deputy head. He'll show you round.

0:46:290:46:33

The dog has indicated, so can you empty your pockets, please, sir?

0:46:370:46:42

-There must be some mistake, this is one of our teachers.

-Sir?

0:46:420:46:47

-Sorry, did you hear what I said, this is my deputy head?

-Sir?

0:46:470:46:52

What the hell have you done?

0:47:080:47:10

Nothing. It's not mine. It's Jodie Allen's.

0:47:100:47:15

-Why didn't you tell me we've got a pupil using drugs?

-She's couriering them for money.

0:47:150:47:20

-Unbelievable! Have you told them?

-No.

0:47:200:47:23

-And I'm not going to. As far as they're concerned, I found them.

-Sir?

0:47:230:47:28

Can we sort this out in my office?

0:47:280:47:32

-Has to be at the station. He's under caution.

-I'll explain later.

0:47:320:47:36

Right! Show's over.

0:47:370:47:41

-Everything OK?

-Yeah, it's great(!)

0:47:420:47:44

My deputy has just been arrested for drugs. Couldn't be better.

0:47:440:47:49

-Somebody must've tipped off the police.

-D'you think?

0:47:560:48:00

Yeah. They say it's routine - never is.

0:48:000:48:02

Poor Chris. It's the last thing the school needed today.

0:48:020:48:06

At least the election was a success.

0:48:080:48:10

Yeah, but that won't mean a thing if we get shut down.

0:48:100:48:15

-Do you think it'll come to that?

-Yeah, well, who knows?

0:48:150:48:18

A warning notice is serious stuff.

0:48:180:48:19

I know you haven't been here long but I can't tell you what this place means to me...

0:48:210:48:26

the pupils...everyone.

0:48:260:48:29

I'm just worried, that's all. C'mon! Let's get to the pub.

0:48:290:48:34

I'll buy you a drink, you bloody Tory.

0:48:340:48:37

Leave that. Mess'll still be here tomorrow.

0:48:520:48:56

You can say that again.

0:48:560:48:59

-Seriously, I'll do it, you get yourself home.

-Well, I can't.

0:48:590:49:03

I've given Jess and Vicki some space to talk things through.

0:49:030:49:07

Yeah, there's a lot for us to think about.

0:49:070:49:11

Aiden's going to stay.

0:49:130:49:15

If that's OK with you.

0:49:150:49:17

As long as he knows what's expected of him.

0:49:170:49:21

He does. He really does.

0:49:210:49:24

Good.

0:49:240:49:26

Look, er...look, thanks, Karen.

0:49:270:49:31

In a few months' time we could be grandparents.

0:49:310:49:36

I may as well just swap knitting patterns with Janeece's mother now!

0:49:360:49:41

-I don't want things to be difficult between us.

-Oh, me neither.

0:49:420:49:47

We're going to be part of each other's lives, like it or not.

0:49:470:49:49

I'll be happy with that. Share the pain.

0:49:490:49:53

I am sorry that it got out of control with Naomi.

0:49:560:49:59

Mostly forgotten.

0:50:010:50:02

I hope so.

0:50:060:50:08

So, are you going to stick around?

0:50:130:50:16

Reckon. What about you?

0:50:160:50:18

-You going to keep it?

-Yeah.

0:50:210:50:25

I don't care what people think.

0:50:280:50:30

You still like him, don't you? Aiden.

0:50:310:50:36

After what he did?

0:50:370:50:39

I always imagined I'd be sharing all this with Ronan.

0:50:410:50:44

Well, there's nothing stopping you.

0:50:440:50:46

Yeah, right.

0:50:480:50:50

I was dealing with the situation.

0:50:500:50:52

By harbouring drugs for a pupil?

0:50:520:50:54

-She needed my help.

-I can't believe you're trying to justify this.

0:50:540:50:57

Scout was in serious trouble. She owed someone money.

0:50:570:51:01

Not our problem. Chris, you are the deputy head.

0:51:010:51:05

Yes, I know that!

0:51:050:51:07

But I'm also the one person that girl felt she could turn to!

0:51:070:51:10

Stop shouting.

0:51:100:51:12

Then perhaps you're the one who can tell her that she's expelled.

0:51:120:51:17

-No. No, no, you can't expel her.

-Yes, I can.

-It's not her fault.

0:51:170:51:21

The only reason she's mixed up in this is to put food on the table.

0:51:210:51:25

And I feel sympathy for her but I can't condone this.

0:51:250:51:30

Have you forgotten what this school stands for, Karen?

0:51:300:51:33

I mean, forget warning notices and management breakdowns.

0:51:330:51:37

Our priority has always been our pupils. Pupils like Jodie Allen.

0:51:370:51:43

This is her last chance.

0:51:500:51:52

I'll suspend her for a week.

0:51:540:51:57

-Thank you.

-And I'm suspending you as well.

0:51:570:52:02

-They didn't charge me.

-You were lucky.

0:52:040:52:07

This is for the good of the school, Chris.

0:52:070:52:09

Thanks for your loyalty, Karen(!)

0:52:120:52:15

# So when you're near me

0:52:190:52:21

# Darling, can't you hear me? SOS! #

0:52:210:52:25

Ah, hair of the dog, I think!

0:52:270:52:30

Mr Mead's been suspended.

0:52:300:52:32

What?

0:52:320:52:34

Sure this lot will fill you in on all the gory details.

0:52:340:52:38

None of my business. I was just going to ask what you're having.

0:52:380:52:41

Woo!

0:52:430:52:46

I think you will find I've minimised my carbon footprint

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and I have done a full ecological survey of the school.

0:52:520:52:56

I will present my recommendations to our esteemed leader on the morrow.

0:52:560:53:01

That's a tenner each, wasn't it?

0:53:010:53:02

Looks like your round, Mr Budgen.

0:53:020:53:04

And I'll have... sex on the beach, please.

0:53:040:53:09

-You're a good man, Grantly Budgen.

-Er...Chris?

0:53:090:53:13

No, I'm going to get going. I'm not in the mood.

0:53:130:53:17

Ah, c'mon, mate, you'll be back before you know it.

0:53:170:53:19

Shouldn't have got to this. Since when is it a crime to help a kid?

0:53:190:53:23

Well, you did more than help her out.

0:53:230:53:25

To be fair, you did jump in with both feet, mate.

0:53:250:53:28

Sometimes that's the only way.

0:53:280:53:30

Look, I've done it myself in the past.

0:53:300:53:33

But at the end of the day, we're only teachers.

0:53:330:53:35

There's only so much we can do.

0:53:350:53:37

Says who?

0:53:370:53:39

Oh, my God, that's good.

0:53:410:53:43

What? Well, I don't get out much any more.

0:53:460:53:50

Haven't you done enough already today?

0:53:570:53:59

Mrs Fisher's suspended me.

0:53:590:54:01

You know the best advice my dad ever gave me?

0:54:070:54:10

Hmmm?

0:54:100:54:12

Never trust a Tory.

0:54:120:54:14

My mother always said socialism is a road to serfdom.

0:54:140:54:19

Yeah, but my dad knew what he was talking about.

0:54:190:54:22

You do know where you are, don't you?

0:54:220:54:24

-Not on your planet?

-No, Rochdale.

0:54:240:54:26

Home of the co-operative movement.

0:54:260:54:29

1844. The Rochdale Principles, and my dad lived by those principles.

0:54:290:54:35

I wouldn't expect you to understand.

0:54:350:54:37

Ah, don't give me that working-class chip on your shoulder.

0:54:370:54:40

I'm from Falinge!

0:54:400:54:42

We're from the same side of the road.

0:54:440:54:47

What were you thinking?

0:55:020:55:04

Three hours I was in that police station.

0:55:040:55:06

I have never been so humiliated.

0:55:060:55:09

You didn't have to. Could've told them the drugs were mine.

0:55:090:55:12

And what would that have achieved?

0:55:120:55:14

You'd be in a load more trouble and for what?

0:55:140:55:18

I'm sorry, Scout, it's been a long day.

0:55:220:55:24

I...I did try and tell Darren I wouldn't work for him any more,

0:55:250:55:31

but...

0:55:310:55:32

it's not that easy.

0:55:320:55:35

He got some lads to threaten me, the ones who smashed my bike up.

0:55:350:55:40

I didn't know what else he'd do if I stopped delivering stuff.

0:55:400:55:46

Hey, here you are, c'mon...

0:55:460:55:47

I want to help you but I can only do that if you're honest with me.

0:55:500:55:55

Mrs Fisher wanted to expel you but I talked her out of it.

0:55:580:56:02

I think you're worth something.

0:56:020:56:04

So, from now on, I need to know.

0:56:040:56:07

Something goes wrong, tell someone. Don't deal with it yourself.

0:56:070:56:11

I promise...thank you.

0:56:110:56:15

And I'm sorry you got suspended. I'll talk to Miss Fisher - explain.

0:56:150:56:20

Don't worry about me, I could do with time to think.

0:56:200:56:23

Thank you.

0:56:270:56:29

Tuck in.

0:56:320:56:33

You're sound, you know. Best teacher I've ever had.

0:56:330:56:39

And from now on, it's just school and paper round.

0:56:390:56:42

Which one do you read? I'll make a detour.

0:56:420:56:47

-D'you really think I'd give you my address?

-Nah, good point.

0:56:470:56:52

Beer or...beer?

0:57:000:57:03

I don't want a drink.

0:57:040:57:06

Now, you sure you've got enough to get by for a few days?

0:57:190:57:23

-Good. I'll see you next week.

-Thanks, sir.

0:57:230:57:28

-Hey, stay out of trouble!

-Scout's honour.

0:57:280:57:35

It's a matter of time before Karen finds out I've been helping you.

0:57:400:57:43

-She won't...unless you say something.

-Maybe I will.

0:57:430:57:47

You need to go and see a doctor. This isn't right.

0:57:470:57:50

Vick?

0:57:500:57:52

I've lost my baby.

0:57:520:57:54

You're saying your mum left your three-year-old brother in the flat on his own?

0:57:540:57:58

-He must have got out. We've got to find him! He's only three.

-Calm down.

0:57:580:58:01

Liam! Liam!

0:58:010:58:03

Stay there! Stay there! Don't move, don't move!

0:58:030:58:07

You're a bully, Eleanor. Why don't you sod off back to school?!

0:58:070:58:11

I know I need to change, I want to change.

0:58:110:58:13

I had one of your staff approach me, a grievance about the way you've been running this place.

0:58:130:58:19

This member of staff.

0:58:190:58:22

It wouldn't happen to be Eleanor Chaudry, would it?

0:58:220:58:26

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Chris confiscates drugs from scruffy pupil Scout Allen, and is shocked to discover she is a drugs courier. A mock student election brings Vicki and Jess together - and the staff are shocked to learn that Waterloo Road could face closure.


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