Mr. Eric Brown arrives for the first day of his job as a new teacher at King Street Junior School. Headmaster Mr. Harry Beeston is struggling with staffing due to a flu going around, as well as deal with Mrs. Rudd's complaints about the piano not being tuned. At a staff meeting, a rumour is going around that more budget cuts may result in the school being shut down due to their poor performance. While sorting out timetables, Mr. Beeston and Mr. Holliday are alerted to Mr. Warpole who has collapsed in class meaning the school is now five teachers down. At the end of Mr. Brown's first day which was somewhat of a struggle, Beeston finally gets to meet Eric and introduces himself.