King Street Junior
King Street Junior was a long-running BBC drama series which aired between 1985 and 1998. It had a revival in 2002 with King Street Junior Revisited.
1. The New School Year Starts Here
Mr Eric Brown arrives for the first day of his job as a new teacher at King Street Junior School after transferring from the world of private industry. Headmaster Mr Harry Beeston is struggling with staffing however due to a flu bug 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.
Eric has had a hard day after covering for Mrs Patterson's class, and has a difficult child who is particularly antisocial, so takes to retreating to the staff room. Mr Beeston meanwhile has his own problems with a mysterious visitor - Mr Davison - having arrived, who he discovers is attending from County Hall. Beeston however discovers that he has turned up despite having the flu, to add to the problems of a teacher shortage when Davison sets about redeploying a member of staff to another school. Mrs Rudd is also upset at the piano tuner who accuses her of being tone-deaf and is furthered angered by her missing cup-and-saucer. With an emergency meeting arranged, Beeston sets Mr Davison the task of telling the staff the news himself, which goes on to cause ructions.
3. Crime and Punishment
Beeston is complaining due to children entering the school early, and also finds Mr Holliday is also in early. News also arrives Mrs Stone is off ill which leaves Mr Beeston having to collect the dinner money. Mrs Rudd is also on the war path with complaints that someone has damaged the piano with new boy Sam Simmons being blamed by her after she reprimanded him the previous day. Speaking with Sam's teacher Mr Brown, Beeston discovers that Sam can barely read and is behind other kids the same age, though also actually likes Mrs Rudd. Eric eventually talks to Sam and gets him to admit that he damaged the piano, though home problems complicate the situation when Mr Brown discovers from another child that Sam's dad is abusive.
4. The Principle of the Thing
A staff meeting is scheduled with the upcoming school play on the meeting minutes, with Mr Holliday the usual volunteer taking on the responsibility at the request of everyone else as he usually does a good job. Tackling the topic at meeting time, there are initially no volunteers, so Mr Brown takes on the task much to the surprise of Mr Beeston, while the rest of the staff remain in silence. Mr Brown quickly discovers from Mrs Patterson that he has unwittingly stepped on some toes as Mr Holliday likes to be teased into accepting the role, and also proves to be more upset than initially letting on. Mr Brown's decision to put on a showing of Romeo & Juliet also proved to be somewhat controversial.
5. Scale Points
Mr Holliday is in bed with flu leaving the school without a coach for the football team for an upcoming match. With Mr Beeston due at a meeting, he enlists Mr Brown for the role. Discovering that the team has a reputation for being "savage", Mr Brown wonders about whether he can make them into a more sporting outfit. Meanwhile, the teachers are also discussing "scale points" which are used to set the teachers pay, and with Mr Warpole leaving, his scale points are up for grabs. However, bad news arrives with only one scale point being available as Mr Warpole is not being replaced, though Mrs Patterson in the end wins out which upsets Mrs Rudd who questions whether he recent date with Mr Brown had an influence.
6. Language Units
The children are gossiping about the latest school news which includes the heating system having failed leading the school to be particularly chilly on the coldest day of the year. With Mr Brown having previously worked in the oil industry, Mrs Stone nominates him to attempt a repair while they wait for an engineer. Meanwhile, a proposed language unit for immigrant children, to be headed by a Miss Sope, has Mr Brown taking an interest and wanting to get involved. However, racist parent Mr Ross suggests that the community are against the plans and vows to prevent it from being opened. Mr Beeston however decides to set a few facts straight. The school boiler also continues to pose problems throughout the day.
7. Christmas at King Street
With just one week left until the end of term, the Christmas spirit breaks out in the school with Mr Beeston and the staff setting about arranging what needs to be done for the carol concert, parties, staff dinner, and the post box. Mr Holliday is refusing to reprise his role as Father Christmas, which leaves Mrs Stone again nominating Mr Brown to take over the role, while Mr Beeston is roped into a part in the staff pantomine. Meanwhile, Mr Brown has is concerned with a child, Robert, who appears depressed due to problems at home with an absent father and mother in hospital. Mr Brown sets about taking Robert and his sister Janine to see their mother in hospital. Good news also arrives when Mr Brown finds that Robert's mother is being released from hospital in time for Christmas.
Mr Beeston is chasing delivery of a computer which hasn't yet arrived for the New Years' term. While talking with Mrs Stone, the pair hear a window smash at the end of the corridor to discover Mr Brown setting up his class room and having fell after standing on a chair. With an early staff meeting, Mrs Rudd is her usual complaining self, as Mr Beeston reveals the news about the late-arriving computer which turns up mid-meeting. While his new class are excited about the computer, Mr Brown manages to break another window leaving Mr Beeston to ponder how many more bad things can happen as Mr Long's cabin roof has sprung another leak. The computers life at the school is short-lived however when one of the students slips and knocks it on to a wet floor from the leaking roof.
Mr Beeston turns up late for a staff meeting for which the staff question the lack of discussion on a potential strike due to funding cuts, which puts a number of staff in contrast to Mrs Rudd who believes the unions only look out for themselves. Also of note is a number of thefts which have occurred around school. The following day, a child reports his socks having been stolen. As another debate occurs about striking, everyone finds Mr Brown agreeing with Mrs Rudd, which puts him in Mrs Patterson's bad books. The thefts continue with Mrs Rudd reporting her handbag missing, and confronting Mr Brown about his discussions with other teachers about the anniversary present collection for her that she doesn't yet know about.
3. Barn Dance
The union dispute is over, though Mr Beeston continues his battle with head of the parent-teacher association, Mrs Wicks. Mr Brown has been nominated to join the committee by the other teachers as their representative. The pair quickly find themselves at loggerheads over the first item on the agenda, before going on to discuss the upcoming barn dance which Mr Brown suggests is old-fashioned, though his idea of a disco angers Mrs Wicks when Beeston casts the deciding vote for a disco. This leads her to throwing her toys out of the pram about there being a lack of quorum, thus ending the meeting. As the news of the argument spreads, Mr Brown sets about canvassing support for his disco as he learns that the fourth year students are offering odds on Mrs Wicks to win, though Mr Brown takes the issue head on.
4. Problem Parents
Rumours of Mrs Perkis retiring put Mr Long and Mr Holliday in a good mood. Mr Beeston also has to cope with the schedule visit of a new community police officer to the school to talk with the children as well as Miss Lewis who seems to have problems at home. Her problems increase when parent Mr Ross turns up during class to accuse two black children of beating up his child. The situation has Mr Brown and Mr Beeston intervene and eventually persuade him to leave. The following day, Miss Lewis is off school, leaving Mr Beeston questioning how he can help her before sending Mrs Stone around to see her who reveals that her mother is unwell and has been in and out of hospital. Police officer Mr McGuiness arrives to give his talk, before he heads to see Mr Ross with some words of advice.
5. The Sound of Music
The school concert is being organised by Mrs Rudd though she ropes Mr Brown into helping out with a situation which will result in the loss of a violin teacher as county hall have cut financial support which will result in talented child Julia missing out. Mr Beeston is also confronted about the situation by Mrs Rudd who accuses him of doing nothing to help and secretly supporting the action despite his protestations. She instead sets about finding support for Julia's violin tutoring, though Mr Beeston's attempts to find a way of underhandedly getting money from county hall leaves Mrs Rudd aghast. At the school recital, Mr Brown and Mrs Patterson come to realise that their relationship isn't working, resulting in them breaking up.
The first day of the new term has arrived, leading Mr Beeston to bring news of a change in form to the non-denominational assembly due to the variety of religions. The idea leads Mr Long to be unsure about the idea, and the pair wonder what Mrs Rudd will make of it. Mr Brown also ponders how his teaching is going, and asks why he hasn't been seen by an inspector yet. At school start, half the children appear to be missing which they discover is down to an stomach bug. Mr Beeston also begins to suffer the blowback of his assembly changes from Mr Marchant, though he does have a surprise from Mrs Rudd who is all for the idea. A rumour gets around that an inspector is coming in to see Mr Brown, though the visit ends up centring around Mr Marchant's bigotry about the assemblies.
7. Parents' Evening
Parents' Evening leaves the teachers lamenting having to deal with parents, with Mr Brown worried about how he will fair. Lively supply teacher Mr West is also helping out due to the illness of Mrs Partridge, though a ruckus from his classroom leaves Mr Brown wondering about him. Miss Lewis is also set about the warpath when a computer program is deleted by a mystery person. Mr Brown also discovers Mr West abandoning his class to smoke cigarettes in the staff room, while Mrs Stone has her own problems with him and getting things wrong. As the end of parents' evening approaches, Mr Beeston approaches Mr Brown to see how he is having noticed he has been somewhat unhappy, with Mr Brown revealing his thoughts about Mr West as teacher.
8. The Outing
A trip to the Natural History Museum is planned, and Mr Brown is looking forward to it, though Mr Long less so. Wayne's mother, Mrs Atkins, is supposed to be joining on the trip to help out, but they only find out on the day that she is unwell, leaving the trip in jeopardy. Mr Holliday talks Mr Beeston into joining them though Mrs Stone worries that something may go wrong if he isn't around. On the coach to London, the driver laments having to do school trips, one of the children gets sick from eating too many sweets, while Mr Brown also begins to feel nauseous while looking after the frontend of the coach with Mrs Patterson. Mr Brown is leading his class around the exhibits, though has to deal with a fainting child, while they also discover he has lost a child while preparing to board the coach.
9. Sports Day
Sports day has arrived and the teachers are participating in a sack race at the suggestion of Mr Brown. Mrs Stone also takes to tidying Mr Beeston's office and organising his files, and he puts her mood down to being caused by someone else. Mr Beeston also discovers a note on his desk which reads "I know your secret", which appears to have come from Mrs Rudd, though he soon finds that she was sent the note and demands he do something about it. Mr. Brown also discovers a note on his own desk reading "You will die". The issue is discussed at the next meeting with Miss Lewis revealing she has also had one, which sets about the mystery of finding out who is responsible with all signs pointing to a child. By the end of sports day, Miss Lewis is the winning teacher and the note writer is discovered.
10. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
With one more week until the end of the school year, Mr Brown struggles to contain his class who are having a hyperactive day while Mr Beeston has to prepare himself for a chat with Mrs Rudd who has decided she wants a new piano in time for the new school year. End of year report cards are also being prepared which is keeping everyone busy, while Mr Brown heads to the pub where he meets Mr Hedges, a head teacher from Milford Junior School and receives a job offer. Mrs Patterson is also upset at her PE lesson being kicked out of the hall by Mr Long, leaving Mr Beeston with another problem to resolve which is added to when Mr Brown reveals his job offer, and is seriously considering a move which leaves Mr Beeston lamenting the lack of resources for King Street.
1. Back to School
The first day of the new school year has arrived, with news about Mr Brown having left for another school, Mr Beeston is expecting a supply teacher Philip Sims to arrive. The Chief Education Officer has also changed due to a retirement, with a Mr Hesketh taking over and being particularly impressed with King Street Junior and the way it is run, and also extending a visit the following day. Mr Sims arrives just in time, and takes his first class out into the world to prime them for their creative writing activity which lands him in a spot of trouble. Other problems include Mrs Rudd arguing about the priority of her choir over the football team, and a mouse escaping from Mr Holliday's classroom. Mr Hesketh also turns up for his inspection and is very impressed by Mr Sims teaching methods.
Bonfire Night has arrived, and Mr Sims and Mr Holliday take to arguing about the history of Guy Fawkes. Mrs Rudd however is less in favour of it due to disapproving, as Mr Long suggests that any topic would bring up disagreement in the staff room. The following day, Mr Long's "hut" has been damaged by fire which Mrs Rudd immediately blames on fireworks and children. Nurse Jones also arrives at the school to perform feet inspections on the children, while the police announce to Mr Beeston and Mr Holliday that it appears to be arson due to other schools being targeted. Mr Sims is also questioned due to being the last teacher to leave the premises before the arson which leads to rumours going around the school. Nurse Jones also has problems with Miss Rudd being her usual obstructive self.
3. The Spirit of Christmas
Miss Lewis has to go in for a minor operation near to Christmas, leaving her unable to handle the nativity, and contemplating who should take over. She approaches Mr Sims to handle the job, though isn't quite as happy when he ponders changing things up to accommodate the variety of religions of pupils attending the school. Mr Beeston tackles his new idea, which has evolved into a "space-age nativity" and evokes the wrath of Mrs Rudd. The teachers are also upset about having to give feedback on potential exam changes so close to Christmas. Mr Long also finds his Father Christmas suit has been eaten by moths and has "shrunk". Miss Lewis also finds her operation is cancelled, returns to school and sets about worrying about the nativity play.
4. The History Game
Decorators are still working in the school despite being scheduled to finish over the Christmas holidays, much to the irritation of Mr Beeston. Mr Sims has also been given another one term contract, leading him to suggest a history game for the kids to play which may affect Mr Beeston's attempts to plan the timetable. However, it will require Mr Sims to negotiate with Mrs Rudd, who is peeved at the painters still working the corridors. Mrs Rudd denies Mr Sims request to rearrange her music class from Monday leading Miss Lewis and her class to join in. The painters also report a missing tin of paint and brushes. Mrs Rudd's rejection of the history game has a rumour spread around that Mr Sims and Mr Long believe that she is scared to participate, which leads her to force her way into participating.
The road is being worked on outside Mrs Stone's office who is struggling to get on with her work. Mr Long also takes to asking Mr Sims advice about a speech he is giving on transport. Mr Beeston also has a busy day due to covering for a unwell teacher. At dinner time, the topic comes up of kids not wanting to go outside at break with Mr Sims coming to believe several children are being bullied in the playground. Mr Sims sets about talking to child Chundha about who is bullying him, and works out a plan to handle the situation. Mrs Stone returns to peace and quiet in the office after storming out the previous day due to the noise. Mr Sims enacts his plan and discovers Carlos is the playground bully, though the plan upsets Mr Long whose class Carlos was in.
6. Facts of Life
At a staff meeting, Mr Beeston discusses the topics of the school holiday and sex education lessons, which Mrs Rudd disapproves of it being taught. She also has a complaint about not being invited to go on the school holiday, despite rejecting going on previously. Mr Sims has his own problems with a child, Gary, who is concerned about his test scores, and reveals his father hits him if he does badly. Mr Beeston has to deal with two parents who have objections to the sex education lessons as well as arrange for the cooker to be fixed which has broken at an inopportune time. Mr Sims also seeks advice about Gary from Mr Beeston, who in turn finds Mrs Patterson is useful at cooker repair. Mrs Rudd's complaints about not being invited on the school holiday also come back to bite her.
7. Under Canvas
The school camping trip is underway, though Mr Holliday in the school minibus has somehow managed to get lost, while the others set about making camp. Eventually arriving late after getting stuck in roadworks, they arrive in time for Mr Sims having been knocked on the shoulder by a flag pole he was trying to put up. With the children settled down for the night, Mrs Rudd is irate at the idea of a pub rota and finds herself outvoted on the plan. When heavy rain starts to fall, Mr Long ends up falling in the river trying to rescue a child's hat and injures himself in the process. Mr Long, Mr Holliday and Mrs Rudd take a trip into the nearby village to find a phone to ring home, though end up still not have arrived back by midnight after the minibus breaks down.
8. The School Fete
Saturday's school fete is ready to go after being organised by Mr Long, with a celebrity appearance. Mr Beeston has other problems when two parents want their child, Sharon, who is in a wheelchair to attend King Street despite the school having a lot of steps and no ramps, leading Miss Lewis sets about finding a way to accommodate Sharon. An outbreak of nits from Edwina in Mr Sims class also brings further problems with the whole school having to be checked by a county hall nurse. The day of the fete arrives, with Mr Long highly stressed and Mr Sims worried about getting wet if the weather changes. The celebrity, John Craven, arrives to open the fete which all goes well. Mr Beeston also makes Mr Sims a permanent contract offer.
1. It's Only Rock'n'Roll
A new school year has arrived, with Mr Beeston and Mrs Patterson surprised by Mrs Rudd who has brought in and taken to playing an electric guitar badly. At an early staff meeting, Mr Beeston goes over the topics to reveal that Mr Sims is staying on supply for another year, as well as reports from the police of a child molester in the area, the role of parent-governors applying with only five volunteering, and a twenty percent budget cuts from county hall. Sharon is also coping well after starting at King Street, while Mr Sims discovers some information about the child molester. He is also found to have been a guitar player when he was younger, and is roped into playing the guitar for Mrs Rudd who sets about raising school funds with busking.
Rumours persist in the playground that King Street Junior is going to be closed. Mr Sims is approached by a girl, Subi, in his class who suggests her younger brother, Jasprit, may be stealing from others at the school. A short-notice staff meeting is also held by Mr Beeston who breaks the news that a sympathiser at county hall has informed him that one of four junior schools will be closing, with King Street being one of the four. Mr Holliday also tries to rope one of the other staff into attending a weekend car rally with him, and resorts to asking everybody before turning to Mr Sims. Mr Sims begins to contemplate whether there is more to the Jasprit case than meets the eye, and ponders whether Subi is behind the thefts herself due to jealousy.
3. Opting Out
At a meeting, Mr Beeston updates the governors about the closure which is still awaiting the decision, with governor Mrs Maxwell suggesting they "opt-out" which will allow them to be grant-maintained mainly from private funding. The situation leads to a balloting of the parents to become grant-maintained. Mrs Perkis in the kitchen also has problems with four tins of prunes disappearing. News of the opting-out soon gets around the staff room, which has Miss Lewis deciding on creating a "Save King Street" action group. Mr Sims and Mr Holliday finds themselves at odds during their rally and begin to regret their decisions. At an extraordinary staff meeting, plans get in motion for the campaign as Mr Beeston heads to county hall to discover the final decision.
Mr Beeston is feeling under the weather, though insists on soldiering on. The count on the opting-out ballot is a resounding no, though the idea of fundraising for school trips continues with ideas of a single fundraising week to focus the efforts and Mr Long leading the way. Mr Sims is also approached by child Jignish who suggests his carpet-weaving grandfather would like to show the children how to make them. However, Mr Long and Mrs Patterson disapprove suggesting it is anti-union and the use of free labour, which causes a ruckus at the next staff meeting. Fundraising meanwhile continues on and is going well, though turns the school manic with children offering services in exchange for fundraising money, and makes them more than seven hundred pounds.
Mr Beeston is fielding the phones due to a number of staff ringing in sick including Mrs Stone, while Mrs Rudd is also running late when her car will not start. Mr Marchant also has complaints in the staff room about having to look after so many children. Mr Sims brings up the topic of drugs in school, and suggests a health programme, which brings about a lively staff room discussion. Mr Beeston is also visited by a parent, who accuses Mr Marchant of hitting her child Anthony. However, the discussion with Mr Marchant reveals his inconsistent story and that he did hit Anthony, leading him to resign and blaming liberal teaching and lack of corporal punishment for a lack of control in schools.
6. The Succession
Heading off to Brighton for a week at a headteachers conference, Mr Beeston's trip also clashes with "Environment Week". Mr Holliday is acting headmaster for the week though rumours and arguments break out about who will be made acting-deputy. Mr Long and Mrs Rudd take to lobbying for the position with an announcement due in the afternoon at the staff meeting, with Miss Lewis being nominated. Mr Sims meanwhile has to deal with child Mandy who seems to have developed a slight crush on him. Mr Holliday finds that being headmaster is a form-filling hell, which is made worse by Mrs Rudd playing music instruments her class have made. Mr Beeston returns the following week to find the school still standing and the week traversed with no major mishaps.
7. It's Not Cricket
Mr Sims school cricket team has lost again, though he takes on the challenge of accepting Meryl to the team which proves controversial. Mr Long meanwhile is on a quest about the implementation of the National Curriculum though he finds himself at odds over the issue with Mr Beeston while Mr Holliday brings news of a potential cut to the School Meals Service. Meryl getting onto the team receives Mrs Rudd's wrath and Mr Beeston's questioning though she proves to be a success in the cricket team, though Mr Sims has to deal with the St. Joseph's headmaster who sets about lodging complaints which results in county hall announcing a ban in mixed-sex participation in certain sports. With the mounting budget cuts, Mr Long feeling thoroughly depressed ponders his future as a teacher.
8. That Old Time Religion
After returning from county hall, Mr Beeston has to listen to Mr Holliday who questions why people can always tell that he is a teacher as they walks to a staff meeting to discuss their school open day plans. Mr Long has other problems when his holiday booking to Russia turns problematic. When Mrs Rudd finds that Mr Sims plans to do a exhibit on Druidism for open day, she furiously demands Mr Beeston talk to him and convince him to change. When the bishop plans to attend the King Street open day after hearing about their religious exhibitions, Mr Beeston has to issue invites to other religious leaders to prevent any bad press. At break time, the teachers discover some graffiti left on the playground walls stating "Down with God".