Waterloo Road - Series 6 Episode 11 - Part 1

Uploaded by WRAdmirer on 03.02.2011

This is a wind-up, right?
- Single sex classes? - Who thought this one up?
It's got Chris Mead's name written all over it.
He won't be happy till he's turned us into a private school.
How am I expected to cope with a room full of boys?
Hm, discipline?
Erm, I would like to see you convince a room full of testosterone to bake a Queen's pudding.
If you ask me, it's the boys we should feel sorry for.
Being locked away and made to feel inferior.
They're already trailing behind the girls. It'll make it worse.
Don't get me wrong, I do like boys. But a classroom-full sounds a bit much.
All that sex talk and juvenile chat.
They should concentrate on bumping our salaries, never mind this nonsense.
Maybe we should speak to Karen, see what she can do?
I don't know why you're so opposed, Ruby.
Your registration class is all girls.
Oh, and Year Eleven boys, period one on Monday.
Mmm, that'll help you sleep well Sunday night.
It's taken a lot of juggling around but I think it just about works.
It's a big step but hopefully we'll see the difference when the results come out.
We'll have to be prepared for the staff kicking off. Never mind the kids.
The evidence is overwhelming.
Kids thrive when they're taught separately.
Er, no, no, no way, Jose!
Good morning, Adanna. Welcome to Waterloo Road.
What do you think you are doing?
Driving a wedge between boys and girls?
When I saw the state of the boys' exam results, I realised something had to be done.
Take a look yourself. They're awful.
Awful or not, separating boys and girls isn't going to work.
We have tried everything else, practical classes, tailored lesson plans...
How about hiring good old-fashioned teachers who know how to inspire?
Well, if you can find some in half-an-hour, I'll cancel the experiment.
Your "experiment" is going to fail.
It will if the teachers resist it.
This is your first day here, Adanna, I expect commitment.
I am committed, yeah, to teaching... not educational apartheid.
- Oh, come on, that's a bit emotional, isn't it? - Enough debate!
This will work and it starts Monday, for the sake of our pupils.
Fine, OK. Have it your way. But don't come running to me when it all goes belly up.
Well, it's nice to know our Head of Pastoral is the calm, relaxed type.
Roll on first day back.
Come on, you guys.
Well, I never thought I'd be wearing a school uniform again.
It's a big thing going back after all this time.
Yeah, I know, two years of wasted time.
I just need to get my qualifications.
Look at your sister,
doesn't she look great? MOBILE PHONE BEEPS
Yeah, right!
Right, then, let's get going.
Come on, come on, come on. >
Bex? >
- Bex? - Um, yeah? I just think I need to get a glass of water.
- Are you all right? - No, I'm not actually, I don't feel very well.
No wonder you're freaking out.
You've not been out this front door the whole of this holiday.
- Do you know, I think I'm just going to leave it today, if you don't mind? - Bex!
- I feel like I'm going to be sick. - It's just nerves, darling.
You'll be fine when you get there.
No, honestly, Mum.
I'm just going to leave it, I'll come tomorrow.
OK, then, tomorrow.
Well, I've got my mobile with me, so just call if you need anything.
I love you, darling.
Let's go.
Come on.
It was that text, wasn't it? Who's it from?
- Boys to Mr Mead, please. - Girls to Mrs Fisher.
Tell you what, you should be in the girls' queue, shouldn't you?
You know I prefer the boys, Finn.
Why you doing that nancy boy routine?
- You should've kicked him in the nuts for saying that. - Hey, he's my mate, all right?
Well, why are you taking the mick out of him, then?
I'm Nate, by the way.
Tell me they're going to be allowed to mix during breaks and lunchtimes!
Course they are. Encouraged, if anything.
The separate entrances are just a device to hammer home the new system.
- Do you always need a hammer to get your point across? - As opposed to your light touch?
Try talking to them instead, you might find they're just human beings, like you and me.
Can I just have your attention for a sec, please?
As you can see we've had a slight overhaul of how things are going to be done this term.
It's new for everyone and the reason that we're doing this is to help you all with your grades.
Well, what about what we think?
If you have any problems, then I'd like you to take them
to our new Head of Pastoral Care here, Ms Adanna Lawal.
And I'm sure you'll find each other equally challenging.
All right, everyone inside then.
Mrs Fisher, our latest addition.
Right, well I think we all know what to expect from Kyle Stack.
The school is about to undergo its biggest change in its educational history
and this boy could disrupt the whole thing, so it's very important that we all pull together.
- Thanks for coming in, Mrs Stack. - Don't know why you had to drag me in as well.
Because we want you to be a part of Kyle's education.
- For all the good that'll do. - Well, let's hope it does some good.
This school could be a lifeline for him.
You want that for your son, don't you?
Right, shall we go in?
Sorry, dog will have to wait out here.
- Good holiday? - Yes, thank you.
- Thought Bex was supposed to be coming back? - Well, not today, apparently.
But I thought you said she was well up for it.
Well, maybe she's just not up for other kids teasing her?
Well, I thought with your mum being the head teacher that'd be protection enough.
Er, what have I said? That dog is not coming in here.
I'm not leaving him outside by himself.
- What we supposed to do, then? The dog's his best mate. - So he's coming with me.
Well, he can't come into the school, so...
- I don't know why you had to bring him in the first place. - It's protection, innit?
- God help us. - I'd like to see you walk our estate without one.
Right, well, we can't have the meeting outside,
so, Adanna, why don't you look after the dog?
Erm...I feel I really should be in that meeting.
As I said, we all need to pull together.
Don't worry, I'll be gentle.
If anything happens to him you're in trouble.
Ooh, I'm shaking in my boots, sonny. Now just...get in there.
He can hold on to a branch with those jaws for three hours.
All right, boy, I'm not any happier about this than you are.
Don't think you can threaten me with that fat, angry mouth.
Come on, then, boy.
Come on then, this way. You can wait outside while I sort things out.
Well, from the state of Kyle's previous records,
it looks like he's spent more time out of school than in.
He's got trouble with his nerves.
I tried telling them, but they don't listen.
- Did you have doctors' notes? - They don't believe me neither.
Here we go again.
You don't look to me like you have a nervous disposition.
You think I don't know my own son?
- Where's my dog? - It's all right, he's tied up outside.
This meeting will last forever, thought I'd speed it up.
No-one's accusing you of not knowing your son, Mrs Stack,
we're just trying to find out why Kyle has a history of truancy.
What's the point? School's no use for the job I want.
- And what's that exactly? - Drug-dealing.
Nice to see you're encouraging your son in the right career.
Don't get at her. If I was any good at anything, I would've stayed at t'stupid school.
See? What am I meant to do?
- Buenos dias, gentlemen. - Whose bright idea was this anyway, Miss?
Feels a bit backwards, separating us from the girls.
Well, then you should take it up with the Student Council.
Like anyone listens to them.
Most of this lot would probably vote for it, anyway.
Too stupid - they don't know no better.
Books open to page 15, please.
- Proper wound up about that, aren't ya? - I'm not letting them get away with this.
Not like you can anything you can do about it though, is there?
Right, good morning, gentlemen. You two - blue table at the top, thanks.
Nate, can you go into the yellow section?
Finn, green, please.
Josh, can you join our new boy, Nate Gurney, in the yellow, thank you very much.
- I'm not a nancy boy, all right? - Good, I'm not into them.
What are you into?
Depends what's on offer.
Right, can nobody touch anything until I say so, please?
Is that cos we're too thick to know any better?
Your ovens are already on the required temperature so don't go fiddling about with them.
She thinks we're too thick to read the numbers on the cookers, boys.
- That's a funny thing to say. - Might have something to do with these join-the-dots lessons.
She thinks we're nothing but apes.
Just settle down, just sit down.
That's funny. Right, put it down now.
What we need here is a contract.
I'm not signing nothing without a lawyer.
It's not a legal document, Mrs Stack.
It's an agreement between us on how best to deal with Kyle's discipline and education.
He's your problem in here.
- Yup. - I've a bad enough time at home and you're telling me you can't control him, either.
- We can't work with Kyle without your help. - I've tried everything I can. How am I supposed to deal with that?
- You mean your son? - They'll fine me thousands if you can't keep him in school. We'll have nothing.
I'm here, aren't I? Is that not good enough?
This could be the last shot at a decent education Kyle gets.
You better make this work.
Doesn't mean I have to like it, though.
There, you'll get your money.
- Where were you educated yourself, Mrs Stack? - Can't remember.
- You didn't like school? - Couldn't see the point.
- Maybe Kyle's picking up those signals? - Right, come on then, Kyle,
- let's get you to your first class. - Thank you, Mrs Stack.
We should get her in for parenting classes.
Adanna...the boy is 15 years of age.
He needs to take responsibility for his own actions.
- Mum. - Hello, love?
- Bex isn't been answering her phone. I think I should go home and see her. - Oh, she'll be fine.
She's got my mobile, she knows she can call me any time.
She'll be OK.
Shut it! What have you been doing to it?
- I think you should ask yourself that question. - I've never seen it so wound up.
Shut it! Or I'll give you such a kick.