Series 8 Episode 1
New Beginnings
Created By Ann McManus and Maureen Chadwick
Producer Lizzie Gray
Director Paul Murphy
Writer Ann McManus
Eileen Gallagher
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Previous episode Series Seven Episode Thirty
Next episode Series Eight Episode Two
New Beginnings is the first episode of both Series 8 Autumn Term and Overall. It's also the first episode at its new setting in Greenock, outside Glasgow.


As the new school opens in Scotland, headteacher Michael has his work cut out dealing with a pair of runaway teens and a burgeoning rivalry with a local headmaster. Elsewhere, Scout is targeted by a bully and Tariq struggles with his newfound situation.


On the run from a foster home, teenager Jade shares a squat with her controlling boyfriend Drew but dreams of a better life. She announces that she’s going to school at Waterloo Road and despite his fear the authorities will find out about them, Drew is persuaded to enroll too.

Michael and Sian arrive at the new Waterloo Road. The local press reaction to the school has been largely positive, except one story reporting discontent from Gerard Findlay, headmaster of rival school Havelock High, who claims Waterloo Road are stealing his pupils.

The school is buzzing as Jade and Drew arrive. Despite not being registered at Waterloo Road Drew uses his charisma to win Lorraine over – but it’s not long before Tom sees an angry side to the new boy.

When Michael offers Jade, but not Drew, accommodation in the school house, Drew reacts angrily, forcing his girlfriend to reveal a secret which will have far-reaching consequences for the pair.

In the staffroom, new teachers Christine Mulgrew and Audrey McFall introduce themselves to Waterloo Road’s familiar faces. Not everyone is enthusiastic about the new school and Tom bemoans Michael’s regime. But English teacher Christine doesn’t seem keen to be drawn into any staff discussions, keeping herself to herself. It’s only when Grantly suggests the teaching team go for a drink after school that Christine’s interest is spiked.

Elsewhere, Tariq struggles to adjust to his new life as a paraplegic and Rhiannon starts a bullying campaign against Scout.




Michael Byrne Alec Newman
Sian Diamond Jaye Jacobs
Tom Clarkson Jason Done
Janceece Bryant Chelsee Healey
Lorraine Donnegan Daniela Denby-Ashe
Grantly Budgen Philip Martin Brown
Daniel Chalk Mark Benton
Maggie Croft Melanie Hill
Christine Mulgrew Laurie Brett
Audrey McFall Georgie Glen
Josh Stevenson William Rush
Tariq Siddiqui Naveed Choudhry
Jodi 'Scout' Allen Katie McGlynn
Rhiannon Salt Rebecca Craven
Imogen Stewart Kirstie Steele
Connor Mulgrew Shane O'Meara
Harley Taylor Kane Tomlinson-Weaver
Lula Tsibi Marlene Madenge
Nurse Laidlow Julie Duncanson