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A new girl cries rape
A new girl cries rape (Image credit: Shed Productions)

Life among the posh new pupils and the old school at Waterloo Road goes from bad to worse when a much-liked student is accused of attempted rape. The pupils take sides and the staff also have their own views. Surprisingly, though, two staff members see eye to eye on one particular subject… The allegation of sexual assault comes from new Year 10 pupil Amy, a spiteful girl who’s not beyond lying to get what she wants. But is she telling the truth when she says that Year 12 boy Bolton attacked her in the girls’ toilets? Bolton insists he did nothing wrong and Head Teacher Rachel is inclined to believe him; they’ve been through a lot together and she knows he’s not the troublesome lad he once was. But Executive Head Teacher Max decides he’s going to handle this incident. Will Bolton have anyone fighting his corner? He might like to think he can count on Kim, who’s Head of Pastoral Care, but she’s agreed to have dinner with Max, so how clearly is she thinking? And his girlfriend Michaela has her own problems when new English teacher ‘Hopeless’ Hopewell (as the kids call her) says the girl pushed her down the stairs. French teacher Steph’s struggling, too… She has her first appraisal from her new department head and it is not 'tres bon'.

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Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 


An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.