Helen Hopewell
Portrayed by Vinette Robinson
First Appearance Series 5 Ep 1
Last Appearance Series 5 Ep 8
Cause/Reason Couldn't cut it as a teacher
Occupation Newly Qualified English Teacher
Romances Max Tyler

Helen Hopewell joined Waterloo Road at twenty-two for her first year as a qualified teacher. She came to the school with an enthusiastic, shiny-eyed approach but Tom quickly realised that Helen has her blinkers on when it comes to the classes’ reactions to her. Helen was always slightly removed from the Waterloo Road lifestyles and found herself not quite able to get her head round their lives. Teachers and students soon find out that she had been sleeping for Max Tyler, when Max tells her she cant teach, she makes a DVD for her and Max having sex and threatens to show Kim and Rachel, which panics Max. Her pupils sniffed her out as a weak teacher almost immediately and “Hopeless Hopewell” as she is soon nicknamed finds herself at the end of a hate campaign led by year ten pupil Amy Porter. Amy tells her some harsh truths and she later breaks down in class, she later admits that she paid Amy to control her classes and shows Rachel the disk. This makes Helen realise she is a rubbish teacher and leaves Waterloo Road.

At the end of her first day, Helen fell down a set of stairs in the school and tried to blame it on Michaela White. She then had to wear a neck brace for an episode.


  • Helen: [About Max] "I know he can be a bit severe, but, he is a pretty inspirational leader." Steph: "Really? So was Mussolini."