It's a new term at Waterloo Road Comprehensive School and things are looking positive. The School is launching its first sixth form, and ex-pupil and wealthy entrepreneur Roger Aspinall wants to turn the school into Rochdale's first City Academy in return for a seat on the governing body. But with Roger's investment comes a list of changes which wreak havoc across the school and leaves Jack Rimmer's role as Head Teacher under immediate threat. Teachers Izzie and Tom are happily living together and expecting a new addition to their family. But they are in for a shock on the first day back of the new school term when they learn that Lorna has not moved abroad but has returned to school - what is she up to? Kim Campbell is determined to put her traumatic experience of last year behind her and focus on her job. Kim continues to fight her feelings for Andrew Treneman, but will the chemistry prove too much for them both? New student Brett Aspinall is breaking harts at school, Mika takes an immediate shine to him but she will have a fight on her hands, when her best mate Leigh-Ann stakes a claim. For a run down inner city school; staff shortages, bullying and truancy are all high on the term's agenda. But with the embattled comprehensives survival on the line are the staff and pupils all working towards the same agenda?