The Best Episodes of Waterloo Road

Last Updated: Nov 20, 2018

Waterloo Road Comprehensive isn't doing very well. Many of the teachers feel that their job is pointless, and the pupils couldn't care less about their education. When the Headteacher of the school has a nervous breakdown, Jack Rimmer is promoted to the position, much to his dismay. He knows that if the school doesn't clean up its act soon, it could mean the end. So he decides to hire optimistic teacher Andrew Treneman, who gives up his private school teaching job, in order to improve the situation of Waterloo Road. Andrew is certain that with strict discipline and a house system, things will get better. Together with lively Guidance Head, Kim Campbell, the three teachers begin the process of turning around the failing school, painful step by painful step.

Episode 15

#1 - Episode 15

Season 3 - Episode 15

Matt panics when he finds out his mother is coming to visit, who is unaware he has a boyfriend. Brett and Mika, elsewhere, are convincing Eddie and the school to be more environmentally friendly.

star 8.58
12 votes
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Episode 13

#2 - Episode 13

Season 3 - Episode 13

A group of students are volunteering at local work places, and Janeece ends up at a museum. But after an unsuccessful start, she goes to work with Maxine at a resting home, with serious consequences. Meanwhile, Tom and Davina take their relationship to the next level.

star 8.56
9 votes
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Episode 18

#3 - Episode 18

Season 4 - Episode 18

Bitter battle lines are drawn between Chlo and Donte as they wrangle over their baby’s future, but when Chlo goes into a complicated premature labour, Donte finds himself at risk of losing his baby and his wife. Meanwhile, a Home Office official turns up at the school to tell a shocked Eddie and Rachel that Kim has taken Grace from Rwanda against her father's wishes. The officials paint her as little more than a criminal who paid another woman for her baby. What follows sees Kim’s world come crashing down around her.

star 8.55
11 votes
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Spartacus

#4 - Spartacus

Season 8 - Episode 19

Barry's behaviour finally makes Sian snap. With Sian's teaching career on the line, can Michael and the school save her? Elsewhere, Christine discovers Connor and Imogen are engaged, Kevin and Chalky's new phone app causes a stir and Scout's mum makes an unwelcome return.

star 8.50
8 votes
Episode 16

#5 - Episode 16

Season 3 - Episode 16

Wilson Bignham, a supply teacher for Jasmine's temporary departure, is leaving, and lots of the school is sad to see him go. However, something strange is happening between him and Janeece...

star 8.44
9 votes
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Episode 9

#6 - Episode 9

Season 3 - Episode 9

Mika has some surprising news for Brett, she might be pregnant. There is an archaeological dig and some bones are discovered - it turns out to be a baby that was buried there a long time ago. Meanwhile, Davina and Tom grow closer.

star 8.43
14 votes
Directors: Laurence Moody
Writers: Ann McManus & Sharon Oakes
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Sugar Daddy

#7 - Sugar Daddy

Season 9 - Episode 12

Carol Barry’s money making ventures lead her down some unexpected paths. Connor is offered his dream job but has to convince his mum to let him go. Nikki and Vix take another big step in their relationship.

star 8.40
10 votes
Episode 20

#8 - Episode 20

Season 3 - Episode 20

t's the last day of term; Stuart Hordley discards a cigarette butt carelessly at the school causing a widespread fire. Who will live and who will die?

star 8.40
15 votes
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Episode 10

#9 - Episode 10

Season 3 - Episode 10

Rachel decides to bring the school musical forward, but this creates problems with the staff and pupils involved, as they're not sure whether they can do it in time. Chlo and Mika are still single, but Donte tries to encourage a reunion between the group.

star 8.38
13 votes
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Final Episode

#10 - Final Episode

Season 10 - Episode 20

Waterloo Road pulls every last punch in a desperate bid to halt the merger with Havelock High. Despite the absence of Vaughan, the students rally to uncover the council’s real plans and Lorna’s ex-husband shows his true colours. The day of the consultation has arrived and it’s Waterloo Road’s last chance to halt the merger with Havelock High. The council and its supporters are out in force to convince the community and parents that the merger is the best outcome for everyone. With no headmaster steering the ship, the students take matters into their own hands and they soon discover that the council is not being transparent about its real plans. Can the pupils save the school or is it really the end of Waterloo Road? Marco grows suspicious of Lorna’s ex-husband but his meddling leads to a dangerous situation for him and Kenzie. Who will come to the rescue and who will finally win Kenzie’s heart – Scott or Justin?

star 8.38
8 votes
Directors: Steve Hughes
Writers: Chris Murray
Episode 14

#11 - Episode 14

Season 3 - Episode 14

Jasmine is in shock when she is accused of assulting Michaela, a troublesome student, and faces prosecution.

star 8.36
11 votes
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Episode 5

#12 - Episode 5

Season 5 - Episode 5

Ruby's luxurious lifestyle crashes around her ears, and Max comes under scrutiny.

star 8.33
9 votes
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Love Hurts

#13 - Love Hurts

Season 8 - Episode 25

Steve-O continues his reign of terror over Connor and Kevin, forcing Dynasty into a shock decision; Christine contemplates moving on from Waterloo Road; and Lula makes an unlikely ally in the shape of new science teacher, Esther Fairclough.

star 8.33
9 votes
Episode 20

#14 - Episode 20

Season 5 - Episode 20

Amy's relationship with Finn takes a terrifying turn when he suggests a radical proposal to ensure they stay together. Meanwhile, as Rachel and Adam prepare to walk down the aisle, trouble at the school puts the bride's attendance at the ceremony in jeopardy. Starring Jack McMullen and Eva Pope. Last in the series

star 8.29
14 votes
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Episode 13

#15 - Episode 13

Season 4 - Episode 13

With Rachel on a course, Eddie's at the helm but soon finds out it's not going to be an easy ride - a community of travellers have pitched up next to the school and the kids are to be enrolled at Waterloo Road. Tensions soon mount between the pupils and the travellers. Eddie thinks he has the answer and arranges a football match, but things soon get dirty on the pitch and the simmering tensions of the day bubble over. Before he knows it, Eddie has a riot on his hands.

star 8.29
7 votes
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Grantly’s Perfect Poetry

#16 - Grantly’s Perfect Poetry

Season 9 - Episode 6

Grantly returns to teaching at the school and soon finds the place as chaotic as ever. Kacey prepares for her first boxing match. Barry sees it as an opportunity to make some money. Sue starts to take tranquilisers to help get her through the day.

star 8.29
7 votes
Suspicious Minds

#17 - Suspicious Minds

Season 9 - Episode 14

Lenny gets carried away with the Resilience Programme and causes widespread panic when he accuses the local shop of shady dealings. George and Carol’s flush of new love is marred by the arrival of his very opinionated mother. A vindictive Barry Barry visits Waterloo Road.

star 8.29
7 votes
Bad Boy

#18 - Bad Boy

Season 8 - Episode 11

The new school term starts with the opening of Michael's new Pupil Referral Unit and the return of no-nonsense teacher Nikki Boston. But the positive mood changes with the arrival of the Barry family - a hell-raising criminal clan lead by matriarch Carol Barry, lone parent to Waterloo Road's newest pupils - bad boy Barry and daughters Dynasty and Kacey. Carol assures Michael that her brood will behave, but it's not long before sparks fly when Barry goads fellow pupil Jack MacAlister into a fight. Tom intervenes and discovers the reason behind their hostility - Barry is sleeping with Jack's mum Olivia. When challenged, Barry promises Tom that he'll keep his relationship with Olivia discreet for Jack's sake, but the troublemaker has no intention of honouring his word and sets about humiliating Jack in front of the school, screening a steamy video of him with Olivia. Michael gives Barry a stern warning - put an end to his bad behaviour or he'll be excluded from Waterloo Road. And if Barry won't listen to his teacher's words of warning, his mother Carol isn't so easy to ignore, arriving at school to literally slap her son into shape. Meanwhile, Scout raises Nikki's hackles with her disrespectful attitude to being in the PRU. Later, when her car goes missing, Nikki suspects Scout is responsible - an accusation the schoolgirl denies. But Nikki doesn't believe Scout and the battle lines are drawn. Elsewhere, the new term also brings uncertainty for head teacher Michael. On bail awaiting trial, accused of assisting his father's death, opinions in the staffroom are divided, casting doubt on Michael's leadership. Also, scarred in last term's fire, Imogen blames Christine for ruining her life and driving a wedge between her and Connor, little realising the truth. Finally, Chalky learns that he is going to be Kevin's foster parent.

star 8.25
12 votes
Episode 2

#19 - Episode 2

Season 6 - Episode 2

Karen's husband Charlie joins the team as a supply teacher, but finds himself in hot water when his son Harry discovers a suspicious text message on his phone. Ruby talks to John about their parenting options after learning about her infertility, and a jealous Jess sabotages Chris's friendship with the head teacher by publishing a scathing article in the school magazine. Drama, starring Ian Puleston-Davies and Linzey Cocker

star 8.25
4 votes
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Text Rated

#20 - Text Rated

Season 9 - Episode 4

It is the launch party for Waterloo Junk-tion and Rhiannon’s determined to bag herself a date. George attempts to sort things out with Princess but learns that it might be too late. Audrey finally works out that her new friend Moira isn't what she seems to be.

star 8.25
8 votes
Episode 11

#21 - Episode 11

Season 6 - Episode 11

In response to the boys' poor exam grades, Karen and Chris introduce a new single sex teaching initiative, much to the disdain of staff and pupils. Especially unimpressed is the formidable new Head of Pastoral Care, Adanna Lawal, who rallies the rest of the staffroom into action against the segregation. However, the scheme gets off to a bad start as the boys’ lessons quickly descend into chaos, a situation that is made even worse by the arrival of disruptive new student Kyle Stack, who wreaks havoc the moment he steps in the door. Elsewhere, Bex Fisher’s first day back at Waterloo Road gets off to a rocky start when she is beset with anxiety following an unexpected phone call - leading Jess to suspect her sister is hiding something. Finally arriving at school, Bex becomes embroiled in an allegation of sexual assault involving Kyle, leaving Karen and her staff in a muddled attempt to unravel the truth before Kyle exacts a vicious revenge.

star 8.25
4 votes
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One Good Turn

#22 - One Good Turn

Season 10 - Episode 2

Waterloo Road opens its doors to the local community but the message of goodwill falls on deaf ears for some. Rhiannon provides more than a shoulder for Darren to cry on and Justin’s behaviour continues to escalate. Vaughan rolls out his first initiative at the school: the Waterloo Road community hub. The phone is soon ringing off the hook with people who need help and the whole school gets behind the project. All except for Shaznay and Lisa who quickly realise they can use this as an opportunity to help themselves. Darren seeks comfort in Rhiannon’s arms as he mourns the death of his mother but when Maggie gets wind of their night-time antics, she swiftly nips it in the bud. However, she worries that it’s too little too late when Rhiannon grows cagey about how serious they’ve become. Justin’s anger continues to spiral out of control but the person whose attention he craves the most refuses to accept the severity of the situation, leading to the shock resignation of one of the teachers.

star 8.25
4 votes
Writers: Ann McManus, Dare Aiyegbayo
Pool Party

#23 - Pool Party

Season 10 - Episode 4

The students are shocked by the return of Gabriella Wark, and despite her claims that she has turned over a new leaf, she gets a frosty welcome from Kacey, whose hopes of competing in the Commonwealth Games were ended in the accident caused by the trouble-maker. Taking their friend's lead, Lisa and Shaznay mark the returnee out as an easy target. Allie feels uneasy as Vaughan and the boys prepare to visit Olga on her birthday - and with the couple so wrapped up in their own problems, they don't notice Justin and Tiffany are growing closer. Hector finds an ally in Sue - and it soon becomes clear there's a chemistry between them.

star 8.25
8 votes
Directors: Simon Massey
Writers: Ann McManus, Di Burrows
Episode 20

#24 - Episode 20

Season 4 - Episode 20

Waterloo Road is in the final of North West Schools Choir of the Year competition, but things take a bad turn when it becomes apparent that Flick stole the lyrics for the song. Rachel decides to save the reputation of the school and withdraws them from the competition. Matt’s gutted and can’t bear for all their hard work and effort to go to waste. Can he and Steph pull out the stops and re-write another song in time to still take part? Back at the school, a loved-up Eddie is totally gob smacked to find Melissa waiting for him. He’s in for a further shock when she reveals that she’s pregnant.

star 8.23
13 votes
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Princess of Spices

#25 - Princess of Spices

Season 8 - Episode 22

Maggie’s patience is put to the test when Rhiannon goes off the rails; Sonya sets about recruiting a school handyman; and Connor is bullied into a dodgy deal by Barry.

star 8.22
9 votes
Directors: Daniel Wilson
Writers: Keith Brumpton