Waterloo Road is upping sticks from its current Rochdale home, and relocating to Scotland. “Viewers will see a ‘dramatic and explosive’ storyline played out on screen in early 2012,” says the Manchester Evening News. “It will result in a number of current teachers and pupils setting up a new school in Scotland, which will also adopt the Waterloo Road name.”
Relocating a school to a country with a completely different education system? It’s going to take more than an exploding caravan to pull this off. Here are some possible scenarios:
1. England and Wales are engulfed by a tidal wave. Luckily, a plucky young pupil in Waterloo Road’s science lab has worked this out well in advance and has persuaded an initially sceptical senior staff team to hire a string of amphibious vehicles to begin the evacuation to the high-and-dry Highlands of Scotland.
2. The Scottish Education Department are troubled by the news that the pass rates in the Highers have increased once again. “How can we ensure that our pupils don’t over-achieve?” they worry – and then hit on the perfect solution. Import a rubbish secondary school full of no-hopers like Kyle Stack and appallingly bad teachers like Grantly Budgen, and watch those exam results plummet.
3. The previous seven series were just a dream. The new series starts with Jack Rimmer in the shower (a girl can dream), trying to wake himself up from a nightmare in which Izzy Redpath was stabbed and he eventually resigned from his job, to be succeeded by various women who wore boots with skirts. Realising it was all, indeed, a dream, Jack slips into a rather fetching kilt and heads off through the heather for another day in charge of Scotland’s most prestigious and interesting school.
Now I’ve thought of number three, I’m confident that will be the option they go with. Unless you can think of anything else?
Posted by PLA (more Waterloo Road posts here)