As Ackley Bridge opens its doors for a new term, head teacher Mandy Carter (Jo Joyner) finds herself public enemy No. 1.

Both the Year 7 intake and exam results have plummeted, forcing Mandy to instigate a strict academic regime that causes uproar among staff and students alike.

Ackley Bridge

Students: Hayley (Cody Ryan), Nas (Amy Leigh Hickman), Missy (Poppy Lee Friar), Razia (Nazmeen Kausar Hussain)

Elsewhere, to disguise her true sexuality, Nas has agreed to her mum Kaneez’s (Sunetra Sarker) idea of a sham engagement with Naveed, who is also in the closet.

has bigger problems, however, when she gets some news that blows her already complicated world apart…

TV Times star rating: ****