Grange Hill Season 2
S02 E01Jan 2, 1979
Episode 1 Jan 2, 1979 Baxter and Mitchell discuss the new headmaster, Mr Llewellyn. Baxter has doubts about his "progressive style". Benny asks his mother for a £1 deposit for the school camp. She says the family cannot afford the entire cost. Benny finds 50p on his way to school. On the orders of Llewellyn, the forms are reordered and renamed after G,R,A,N, etc, One Alpha largely becomes G1. Ann (unseen) and Justin are moved to form R1, which includes Alan Humphries, Penny Lewis, Susi McMahon and Andrew Stanton. R1's form mistress is Miss Summers. New arrivals in G1 include Simon Shaw and Cathy Hargreaves. Another new invention of Llewellyn's is the six-day timetable. Initially there are timetable clashes. Mitchell and another teacher go to consult the master timetable to resolve confusion over G1's form room. While the class are unsupervised, Tucker and Doyle fight and a window is broken (Benny is involved also). Llewellyn and Garfield arrive on the scene. Mitchell arrives back and is given a humbling talking-to in front of G1 by Llewellyn for leaving the class unattended. Simon and Benny go to (local rivals) Brookdale school to play in the first leg of the District Football Cup Final. Benny happens to be the last out of the changing rooms. Benny greedily tries to score a goal when a pass may have been a better option, much to Baxter's annoyance ("What are you doing boy?"). Joey Singer commits a Vinny Jones-esque tackle. From the resulting free kick Brookdale score (1-0). That is the full time score. Singer is suspended from the team by Baxter for "alehouse football" In the changing room a boy discovers that 50p of his has been stolen. Baxter makes the boys turn out their pockets. Benny has 50p in his pocket.....and he was last out of the changing room before the match. He is strongly suspected of the thieving but the evidence is circumstantial so Llewellyn can't take the matter further. The rest of the football team ignore Benny, saying they won't play with a thief.
S02 E02Jan 5, 1979
Episode 2 Jan 5, 1979 Benny tells his parents he does not want to go to school due to being branded a thief. His parents go up to the school to complain about his treatment. Judy is told by her mother that they are moving house and she will have to leave Grange Hill and go to Brookdale instead. Judy says it will be "just awful!". It is a games lesson for the first year boys. Tucker shows off a rubber "chicken foot" that he has got from his brother. In the changing room before the lesson Antoni Karamonopolis falls asleep . Simon forgets his games kit due to the six-day timetable. Baxter makes the boys play rugby. While the class are on the sports field, Singer goes into the changing rooms and steal various things, including Tucker's chicken foot. At rugby, Justin gets a bleeding nose. Baxter takes him into the changing room and goes for first aid. Singer comes out of hiding and threatens Justin that he'd better not grass. After school Judy and her mother go to look over Brookdale. Trisha and Cathy accompany them and then Judy bids farewell to Trisha. Baxter catches Singer threatening Bennett (again) and works out that Singer is the thief. Baxter goes to Benny's house and apologies for accusing him. That matter sorted, Benny's dad then asks Benny about the £2.45 bill he has received for the repair of a broken window!
S02 E03Jan 9, 1979
Episode 3 Jan 9, 1979 In the playground Andrew steps in to stop Doyle picking on Justin. Alan reminisces to Justin over their old days in One Alpha (which is strange because Alan wasn't even in that class!). Baxter leads a staff delegation to Llewellyn to complain about the changes he has introduced. It is announced Ann has left. Penny is keen to replace her on the School Council. Antoni falls asleep in Miss Summers' class. A staff meeting is called to discuss their reaction to Llewellyns ideas. There is to be a musical produced later in the term:"Joseph And His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat". Justin is keen to play the piano in it. He and Andrew practice (with Andrew singing) in a music room. Sutcliffe walks past and is impressed. He encourages both to audition. Summers talks to Antoni and it soon becomes clear he is often falling asleep due to late nights at home. He is kept up, often until at late as 1am, doing the accounts and invoices for his father's restuarant. Another staff meeting is called an the pupils are given the rest of the day off. Justin goes to Andrew's house before the audition. Andrew tells Justin that he is afraid his parents might split up. Summers turns up at Antoni's to speak with his parents. Mr Karamonopolis is very hostile initially ("You leave my family to me lady!") but comes round, saying that he will have to learn to do the invoices himself and that Antoni must be in bed by 9pm from now on. The next day Andrew is confirmed in the lead role of Joseph for the musical.
S02 E04Jan 12, 1979
Episode 4 Jan 12, 1979 G1 get a punctuation exercise returned to them by Mitchell. Nearly everyone performs abysmally. Simon has been consistently late for school, and Trisha is given the task of calling for him every morning as they live in the same area (his parents leave for work early). The staff have called a halt to all extracurricular activities until the timetable confusion has been sorted. The next day, Simon keeps Trisha waiting and they are BOTH late for registration. In class Simon is asked to read, he says he can't as his glasses are broken. But we know he doesn't wear glasses.... Cathy's older brother Gary chats up Trisha at a lunchtime school disco. Garfield tries to get the disco stopped but Mitchell confirms that Llewellyn has approved it. Penny is appointed as the first year school council representative. There is a notice on the changing room door announcing that first year football practice has been canceled. But Simon goes into the changing room. He meets Gary who tells him that Trisha doesn't like calling on him, and threatens that it'd better stop. Hughes overhears this conversation as he is outside the changing room. The next day Simon leaves before Trisha arrives for him. She is late for school. Simon ignores Trisha after she confronts him about not waiting. Hughes tells Trisha what he heared. She reacts with anger and says "Just wait 'til I see that Gary Hargreaves!"
S02 E05Jan 16, 1979
Episode 5 Jan 16, 1979 Trisha reassures Simon that she doesn't mind calling for him. On their way into school they meet Jessica Samuels of the Student Action Group (SAG). SAG wants to abolish school uniform. Penny visits G1 to discuss the first year's proposal for the next school council meeting. She wants to propose a bookshop on behalf of first year but G1 is adamant it wants a tuck shop, even although Penny says the older years will vote against the proposal and it will be rejected. Gary warns Trisha that he doesn't like her seeing other boys. Penny's mother suggests a joint "book AND tuck" shop. G1 approve of this. The school council passes the idea in principle, although Doyle's father is vehnemently against the idea. Fund raising via a jumble sale will have to be carried out however, to get the project going. The issue of uniform is adjourned to the next meeting, much to the disgust of Jessica who is waiting outside. Tucker and Doyle challenge each other over who can collect more jumble for the sale. Tucker and co take what they think is a discarded old sofa from outside a "junk shop". It is actually an antique "Chaise Long", and the owner comes to the school and the boys have to carry it back. Doyle has collected more jumble than Tucker but the bet was rigged so that Tucker couldn't lose. At the jumble sale Tucker sells Justin's mother's expensive coat for 5p. He thought it was jumble!
S02 E06Jan 19, 1979
Episode 6 Jan 19, 1979 At lunch one day Baxter pulls up Simon for missing a rearranged football practice. Simon says he never saw any notice. Baxter says that that is no excuse, as everyone else saw it. Simon is given a three-match suspension from the team. Tucker invites Simon to join his secret society, the Tremblers, on the condition that he climbs to the top of the school tower. He says that the existing members (Alan, Benny, Hughes and himself) have already done it (they haven't). The entrance to the bottom of tower is in a props room hehind the stage in the assembly hall. Tucker goes up first and succeeds and comes back. Simon and Alan then do the same. Benny is up the tower when Garfield enters the props room. Tucker uses the excuse that he is helping with scenery for the school musical. Garfield throws the four boys out and closes the door into the tower, meaning Benny is trapped from the inside. The boys decide they must now wait until after school to let Benny out. In Sutcliffe's class, Simon is asked to read aloud but pretends to be sick and is sent out for fresh air with Tucker. He tells Tucker he was only pretending so that he didn't have to read. The boys try to let Benny out but Garfield is still in the vicinity and sees them. Tucker returns to class. When the coast is clear Simon goes to let Benny out. They hatch a plan to scare the others. Benny leaves the school. After school the boys (minus Benny) meet up to free him (or so they all think except Simon who obviously knows he is free). The assembly hall is occupied with rehearsals for the musical so the boys agree to come back after tea and break into the school and let Benny out. Benny turns up first. Simon has been hiding inside the school and opens a window to let Benny in. Benny goes back into position behind the "locked" door, and Simon lights some candles (as the electricity is off) just as the others ,except Hughes, arrive. The boys lark about and Simon and Benny scare Tucker with a plastic skeleton. Accidentally a candle is knocked over and the room goes on fire! The boys run away from the school except for Simon who trips over a cable on the Hall stage. The boys do not notice this until they are in the playing fields and the sound of the approaching fire engines can be heard.
S02 E07Jan 23, 1979
Episode 7 Jan 23, 1979 The next day the boys worry about whether Simon escaped from the school in time. Simon is OK however and he confesses to Trisha that he can't read. The fire was not TOO bad, although the scenery for the school musical has been destroyed. Llewellyn addresses the school and 'diverts' the money raised from the jumble sale to pay for the damaged caused by the fire. Llewellyn says he wants to speak to the boys that Garfield saw hanging around the props room the previous day. Tucker, Benny, Simon and Alan give themselves up. Tucker tries the excuse that he was showing his friends his artwork for the musical but Summers confirms that he did not have permission to be there at that time. Llewellyn asked Tucker and Simon what they were doing there later during class. Simon says that he feigned illness to avoid reading and the boys were just hiding in the props room. For the moment the boys are let off with a warning. Trisha tells Simon that she will help him learn to read. Simon's timetable is found in the fire debris by Garfield and he takes it to show Llewellyn. In class Sutcliffe tells Simon that he wants him to read today as he missed his turn last lesson. Simon refuses to read and runs from the room, just before Llewellyn and Garfield arrive. They call the police in to search for Simon. Trisha tells Sutcliffe about Simon being unable to read. After school they drive round the streets looking for him. Trisha and Sutcliffe eventually find Simon down near the river, he tries to escape but in the end the three of them sit down and discuss things. Sutcliffe thinks that Simon may be dyslexic (his brain does not register what his eyes see). Simon returns to school and confesses to his involvement in the fire but does not implicate anyone else. He is spared expulsion but will be tested for dyslexia and if the tests are positive he will be sent to a special school to deal with this problem.
S02 E08Jan 26, 1979
Episode 8 Jan 26, 1979 Trisha and Cathy are helping with a SAG petition calling for the abolition of school uniform. There is a school assembly where Llewellyn introduces a policeman warning of a man who has recently been following schoolgirls in the area. No girl is to walk home unaccompanied until the man is caught. After school Cathy is standing outside the school gates waiting for her brother to walk her home. Unknown to her she is being watched by a man in a parked car. Just as he begins to make a move, Gary arrives and they walk home. The next day Trisha and Cathy volunteer to take a parcel to the Post Office for the school secretary, meaning they miss the last lesson of the day. The same man is waiting outside the school and he follows the girls. They post the letter and do some window shopping. He continues to follow them, unseen. By this time school has finished and Trisha's older sister Carol has been waiting for 20 minutes to walk her home. She panics and goes to see Mitchell, who allows her to phone from the school to see if Trisha has arrived home yet. Trisha is not at home. "To be on the safe side" Mitchell calls the police and within minutes he and Carol are in a police car looking for the two girls. By this time the two girls have split up, with Cathy taking a shortcut home through the park. Mitchell and Carol see Trisha walking home and take her into the police car. Trisha says that Cathy is walking home through the park alone. The policeman says that that is where two of the recent attacks have taken place and that there is not a minute to be spared. Cathy is walking in the park when she notices she is being followed. She starts to run, the man runs after her. Just as he is gaining on her she exits the park and two police cars (one with Trisha, Carol and Mitchell inside) screech to a halt and block off the road. The man is captured. He tells the police he is Cathy's father. Cathy says her father is dead. The next day the policeman comes to the school and tells Mitchell that they caught the prowling man the night before. Mitchell said yes of course they had, he was there! The policeman tells Mitchell that this was a different man and that the first man caught IS in fact Cathy's father!
S02 E09Jan 30, 1979
Episode 9 Jan 30, 1979 Tucker and Simon volunteer to help redo the artwork for the musical that was destroyed in the fire. Trisha invites Cathy to a pop concert at Wembley but says the tickets will cost £3.50. Jessica leads a deputation to Llewellyn to ask when the issue of school uniform will be debated. The first rehearsals for the Joseph musical are held. Gary meets with his father but Cathy doesn't want to. Gary is given £5 as a present and says their father will give Cathy £5 too if she meets him. She wants the money for her concert ticket so she meets him. It transpires that their father is leaving London again. Cathy and Trisha have a minor disagreement over Trisha's friendship with Simon. Cathy goes off with Madeline and they bunk off games and go for a smoke with some older girls but Garfield catches them. Simon announces it will be his last day at Grange Hill. In Miss Summers' Art class Trisha places a trick ink blot on Cathy's work when she isn't looking Cathy thinks that it is a real, deliberate act of vandalism by Trisha and attacks her. Summers tries to break up the fight and in the confusion she hits Cathy. A delighted Madeline takes Cathy to report the incident to Llewellyn. He asks Summers if Cathy's allegations are true. Summers admits they are, but adds that she was only trying to break up a fight. Llewellyn says that the circumstances are irrelevant at this time. Outraged at her treatment, Summers tenders her resignation.
S02 E10Feb 2, 1979
Episode 10 Feb 2, 1979 Cathy tries to apologies to Trisha over their fight but Trisha doesn't want to know. Sutcliffe catches Cathy and some other first year girls dancing to "Daddy Cool" in the cloakroom but instead of reproaching them he joins in! Baxter organises a staff walk out in protest at the way Summers was treated over the fight. Due to there being no staff supervision for the pupils, the school is cleared and the pupils are all sent home. Madeline and Cathy go "shopping" in the local precinct. Firstly Madeline steals an apple. Then both girls steal (empty) record covers from a music shop. The girls sit down for a coffee and then tease two older boys into chasing them but escape by hiding in the ladies toilets. Both girls then go to a boutique and Madeline steals an item of clothing. Just in the nick of time the shop manager realises the theft and chases them along with security guards . The guards chase them on to the precinct roof where Madeline slyly puts the stolen item into Cathy's bag. They escape from there but are soon caught by the guards and the shop manager. Madeline tells the police to look in Cathy's bag and Cathy is shocked when the stolen item is found there. Cathy is sent to see Llewellyn. Mitchell and her mother are there also. Llewellyn says that due to her previous good character and recent difficult home circumstances (her father turning up) he is prepared to overlook the incident in her case, although Madeline is handed over to the police. Cathy retracts her complaint about Summers hitting her and the Art teacher will be reinstated. Mitchell tells Cathy to "go and make it up with Trisha!"
S02 E11Feb 6, 1979
Episode 11 Feb 6, 1979 Now that the staff have called off their ban on extra-curricular activities the second leg of the District football finals versus Brookdale is to be played. The team is understrength so Baxter holds trials to find some new additions to the squad. Andrew is chosen. SAG, led by Jessica, holds a protest in the school canteen about the school uniform. The participants protest by turning their blazers inside out. Tucker is sitting next to Benny and Doyle takes great delight in telling him he cannot sit at that table as it is the free meals table for so-called "scroungers" like Benny, while Tucker pays for his lunch. Doyle and Tucker fight until Miss Clarke breaks it up. She sides with Doyle and tells Tucker he must move. Tucker enlists the help of Jessica and SAG and they protest over free meals tables by standing on the tables and chanting "we want the Head!". Llewellyn arrives and agrees to scrap the practice. In future pupils can sit wherever there is a place. Baxter tells the football team that Brookdale cannot make the date of the second leg and that by the time they CAN make it all of the football pitches will be taken up. So instead Grange Hill will take them on at cricket! SAG appeal to the pupils to boycott sports events until uniform has been abolished and that they intend to get their support one way or another. They organise picket lines and intimidate members (of all school teams) into not playing. A couple of days before the cricket match the team are three players down. Tucker, Alan and Justin are drafted in to make up the numbers. SAG try to picket the team before they get on the coach but Baxter orgainses Gary Hargreaves and some other burly older pupils to keep SAG at bay while the team get on the coach. Brookdale win the toss and bat first and set a score of 68 for 2, a good total. Grange Hill go into bat. Andrew is out first ball. Alan is doing well when he gets a hand injury and is forced to retire. Tucker is last but one to bat and he and Benny strike up a decent partnership. Benny gets run out. Justin is the last man to bat and Grange Hill are still well short of the required total. Justin, despite being "useless" at sports, is an unlikely hero as he and Tucker form a suprisingly fruitful partnership. Near the end they need to score four runs from two balls to win (score 65 for 9) Justin hits a double to bring his total to 25. On the last ball Justin smacks the ball away for a four and he and Tucker are carried shoulder high by their jubilant team-mates!
S02 E12Feb 9, 1979
Episode 12 Feb 9, 1979 Trisha is at home painting an anti-uniform banner for a SAG rally. Cathy turns up and apologizes over their argument. Trisha's sister Carol sabotages the banner. The protesters march through the corridors of school and around the playground ("Uniforms a drag, so says SAG!"). Llewellyn invites a delegation into his office and says that uniform will stay until the majority of people want it to be abolished. He gives a concession that the matter will be discussed and the next staff-pupil commitee meeting. Dave, a SAG member, is on the committee. However Dave is slightly late and when he enters he finds that the matter has already been raised and the motion defeated. After the meeting Jessica is enraged as she feels Llewellyn has pulled a "fast one". To make a stand SAG (including Cathy and Trisha) decide to occupy the secretary's office until their demands are met. Llewellyn gives the protesters 10 minutes to reflect upon their actions and vacate the room. No-one leaves, and after 10 minutes the door is locked. SAG call the local paper which sends up journalists however Llewellyn intercepts the journalists and plays down the problem and gets rid of them before any harm is done. The locked-in protesters see the press leaving and smash up the office in a fit of rage. Cathy and Trisha hide in a cupboard as they do not want to be involved anymore. Garfield, Mitchell, Baxter and Llewellyn round up those in the office and proclaim that they will all be expelled. Cathy and Trisha sneak out and go to Trisha's house. They think they have escaped but soon Mitchell turns up. Both girls are subsequently suspended for seven days.
S02 E13Feb 13, 1979
Episode 13 Feb 13, 1979 The school musical ("Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat") is on the horizon and lead actor Andrew feels unwell. His mother puts it down to nerves. Tucker has not done his Maths homework for Mr Keating and does not turn up at his lesson so that he can finish painting the "chariot" (a converted bicycle) for the musical. Doyle turns up at the class and has not done his homework either and is given double detention. In the last dress rehearsal before the first show Andrew puts in a poor performance. Penny and Susi carry scenery from the art room down to the hall on the way they are ambushed by some older girls who threaten to damage the scenery but Summers comes and gives them detention. Keating catches up with Tucker and gives him detention, that evening. The older girls wreak revenge for Summers giving them detention by vandalising scenery and props,including the "Dreamcoat" for the musical. Sutcliffe blames Tucker but Summers sticks up for Tucker when she sees his chariot has been damaged also. Tucker says the may be able to get a replacement coat at short notice and darts away. Andrew is sick in the toilets. The parents begin to arrive for the performance. Tucker's mother says she had left her coat out to wear but it had disappeared. Tucker tells Andrew about a change in stage directions in the last scene so that the damaged part of the chariot is not seen by the audience. The show goes well on the whole with Andrew performing well. There is a slight hiccup in the last scene when Andrew forgets Tucker's instructions. Summers thank's Tucker's mother for lending her coat. Tucker is beckoned by his annoyed-looking mother....
S02 E14Feb 16, 1979
Episode 14 Feb 16, 1979 Letters are to be sent to all parents regarding the application of methods that are to be used to raise the standard of discipline at Grange Hill. This firmer line is mainly attributable to the recent SAG sit-in. Tucker is running late for school and on the way is ambushed by three Brookdale boys. They take his blazer and chalk "Brookdale No 1" on it. Tucker turns up at school to find Baxter on the gate taking the names of latecomers as part of the discipline clampdown. Penny visits G1 and says that there will be a referendum on school uniform after all. Summers is off ill and will be unable to go on the forthcoming first year field trip but Miss Clarke will go instead. It is lunchtime and Tucker wants to go down to the chipshop but Benny is reading a magazine and Hughes and Alan are playing chess. He grabs both the magazine and the chess set and the other three chase him. They fight harmlessly and then decide to go to the chip shop after all. But Mr Matthews sends them to the secretary's office with a letter and says that there will be things for them to collect and take back to his classroom. After Matthews has gone Tucker says they can do their task after they have been down to the chipshop. They are ejected from the chipshop for being rude to the owner. They see one of the Brookdale boys that jumped Tucker that morning and now the boot is on the other foot. They take his blazer but the boy takes off back to Brookdale where he fetches several of his mates. They return and chase Tucker, Benny, Alan and Hughes. Benny gets his blazer stolen. The boys decide they have to enter Brookdale and get it back. Tucker, Alan and Benny all take off their (remaining) blazers and ties and give them to Hughes, who stays outside. Their blazer-hunt is unsuccessful initially but soon they see one of the boys, chase him and make him show them where Benny's blazer is. He then runs off again and gets his gang. The bell goes to signal the end of lunch at Brookdale. The boys escape despite being questioned by a Brookdale teacher and they manage to outrun the chasing pack. However Baxter is still on the gate at Grange Hill. they sneak in through a hole in the fence but he sees them. They use the note Matthews gave them as an excuse. He tells them to hurry:"Go on - MOVE!"
S02 E15Feb 20, 1979
Episode 15 Feb 20, 1979 A group of first year pupils including Justin, Alan, Andrew, Doyle, Penny and Susi are going on a school trip to a Roman fort of archeological significance at Little Dudley near Beckensfield. Teachers on the trip are Mitchell, Clarke and Sutcliffe. The bus is ready to leave but Doyle has not arrived. His mother is walking him to the bus but he runs off, forgetting his wellington boots. Doyle throws Justin off the back seat of the bus. The bus sets off. Doyle slyly puts a fake spider next to Penny as a joke. She sees it and screams. Justin tells Mitchell that Doyle is responsible. Doyle vows revenge. Later on the trip the bus has to stop so that Justin can be sick. The group arrive at the centre they will be staying in. The warden lays down the ground rules. The nearby Forest is out of bound to unaccompanied pupils as they could get lost easily. In their dormitory Justin and Doyle have a pillow fight, Mitchell comes in and tells them to “Get up!” and says that from now on he will be watching the boys like hawks. Susi admits to Penny that she is not really interested in archeology, she only came on the trip because her mother told her to. The next day, after helping to assist with the dig, Penny and Susi have a “free period”. They ask Clarke if they can go and see the “long barrows” in a field next to the centre. She says yes they can, as she believes the two girls are trustworthy. The boys have a free period also but have to go for a walk in the forest with Sutcliffe. Doyle tells Alan, Justin and Andrew of “Dick Turpin’s Cave” which he says is in the forest and that they should escape from Sutlciffe’s walking party and go and see it. When the chance comes the four boys dodge away. Penny and Susi are in a field, they have been unable to find the long barrows but they do find a donkey, which Susi climbs upon. They see a man on a horse and run off into the forest a panic, thinking he is going to give them a telling off. The four boys see the two girls and Doyle makes his three companions take cover. He then makes a howling noise which frightens the girls further and they run away and soon realise they are lost in the forest.
S02 E16Feb 23, 1979
Episode 16 Feb 23, 1979 Sutcliffe sees the four boys coming out of the forest and he asks them where they went. They lie and say they saw a deer and followed it. Sutcliffe says that the other pupils (apart from Penny and Susi) are back at the centre as a puma has escaped from a nearby reserve and that hunters are to go out looking for it. Justin wants to tell the teachers that they saw the girls in the forest but Doyle and the others persuade him not to. Mitchell calls in the police. The four boys hold a dormitory meeting. Justin still wants to tell about seeing the girls but Doyle says that they should give it another half hour. Half an hour later the hunt for the girls is about to set off. The light is fading rapidly. Despite their agreement the other boys still won’t let Justin tell the teachers where they saw the girls as they fear it will get them into trouble. Justin says he is going to the toilet but goes and tells Mitchell, Doyle follows. The hunt for the girls is reorganised due to the information about where Penny and Susi were last seen. The hunt sets off with Justin and Doyle squabbling, Justin uncharacteristically says “Look, I’m sick of hearing your voice, so shut it or I’ll smash your face!” which shuts Doyle up. Suddenly the puma is seen and is shot with a tranquilizer dart. The girls are found, basically alright, although Penny has had a fall and has injured her foot. Clarke persuades Mitchell not to take further disciplinary action against the four boys. The next day on the way back Mitchell concedes that it has been “Not a bad trip at all!” and promptly falls asleep.
S02 E17Feb 27, 1979
Episode 17 Feb 27, 1979 Susi is worried about the forthcoming First Year Exams - her parents are pressuring her to get into the top "sets" for all her subjects, and threaten to send her to another school if she does not perform well. Penny announces to the first years that there is to be a referendum on whether school uniform will be made optional. Staff, Parents and Pupils will all be given a vote. Tucker, Benny and Hughes discover a geography exam paper and delightedly vow to find out all of the answers before the exam takes place. The school librarian is surprised when she is inundated with first years coming in to the library to find out what the "Corealis Effect" is! Susi is copying Maths homework questions that Keating has set off the blackboard after class when Madeline comes in and wickedly scrubs it off. Susi asks to copy the questions from Penny but Penny cannot assist as she is in a hurry to get home. Susi goes home where her mother ensures she gets on with her exam revision immediately. Next morning Susi tells her mother that she doesn't feel well. They go to see their doctor who says that physically Susi is fine. Mrs McMahon unsympathetically insists that Susi must go to school immediately, although her books are still at home.Keating gives her a detention when she has no homework to hand in and no doctor's note. The next day is the first day of the exams and Susi is clearly unwell this time with a high temperature. Mrs McMahon phones the school and is pleased when the school confirm that Susi can take the exams when she returns. On hearing this news, Susi breaks down in tears. The Geography exam comes around, and Tucker looks pleased with himself at the start. However none of the questions that Tucker predicted would come up are in the exam and afterwards he is given a "doing" by his irate Classmates. It was a second year paper that Tucker stole! Susi returns to school and Summers tells her that she is doing well academically and that she worries too much about matching the achievements of her "clever" elder brother. The results of the uniform referendum is announced, from next year school uniform will be optional.
S02 E18Mar 2, 1979
Episode 18 Mar 2, 1979 It is almost the end of the school year and there is an open day on the horizon. The First Years are creating an exhibit on "The History of Grange Hill" as their project. Judy Preston arrives at Grange Hill as part of a delegation from Brookdale challenging Grange Hill to an end of term General Knowledge Quiz. It will take place as part of the open day. The pupils selected to represent Grange Hill are chosen by a simple ballot method. Hughes, Antoni and Susi will represent the First Year. Hughes realises he has an awful grasp of General Knowledge and tries to back out but it is too late. Trisha and Cathy produce an exhibit on "school uniform through the ages", and Tucker & Co produce various models showing Grange Hill past and present. Llewellyn unveils a model of the projected new assembly hall that can be built after an improvement grant has been approved by the Council. Doyle steals some of Tucker's models and then locks the models in a cupboard with Hughes. The quiz is starting and the First Year round is postponed until Hughes appears. Tucker and his gang corner Doyle and force him to lead them to their models and in the process Hughes is freed. He returns to take part in the quiz but his efforts are in vain as Brookdale win by a point. Mitchell announces that he is leaving Grange Hill and as a leaving present Tucker gives him his rubber "chicken foot" and Mitchell tells him that it's "Just what I've always wanted!".