It’s the first day back and things are as eventful as ever at Waterloo Road. New boy Kyle Stack (Britain’s Got Talent winner George Sampson) is making his presence felt by causing all kinds of havoc, while the return of Bex Fisher (Corrie’s Tina O’Brien) to school is blighted by an unexpected phone call.

When she also becomes embroiled in an allegation of sexual assault involving Kyle, her headmistress mother Karen vows to find out what’s gone on. She still has no idea what Bex got up to during her long absence from home, and fears the worst.

Meanwhile, Karen has other school matters to contend with. The most pressing of these is the new single-sex teaching initiative. Dreamt up by her and deputy Chris, the scheme is not going well. The school’s formidable new pastoral head, Adanna Lawal, is especially disapproving, and gets the rest of the staff fired up against the plan too.

It goes ahead regardless, but the boys’ lessons quickly descend into chaos, offering little prospect of the hoped-for academic improvement. So much for easing gently into the new term…