Educating Manchester: The school and head teacher of the new series

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Educating Manchester continues on Channel 4 tonight with the latest series following life in a brand new school

It's the fifth series of the 'Educating...' show which has won awards for past series including Educating Cardiff and Educating Yorkshire.

This time the show is in Manchester following life in Harrop Fold School.

The warm and honest series that explores what life's like for the school students and teachers who attend the school in Salford, Greater Manchester.

It's a school at the heart of a changing community, dealing every day with everything that that throws at them.

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Headteacher Drew Povey is in charge and said: “The school has been on an incredible journey over recent years and we are extremely proud of our students, staff and local community. We have been given the opportunity to share our story through the Educating series, we believed it was something that we had to do.

"Team Harrop has been galvanised by its significant challenges but unswerving commitment to making the difference. We believe that something special is happening in Harrop Fold, Little Hulton and Salford and we have the highest aspirations for the future of all our students, staff and stakeholders.”

Tonight's seventh episode focuses on Harrop Fold's newest arrivals and youngest students - the Year 7s - and their characterful Head of Year, no-nonsense Miss Bland. Arriving at school at the same time as the Year 7s is new teacher Mr Humphreys, who's 25.

With just a year's teaching experience, at an all-girls' school, Mr Humphreys came to Harrop looking for a challenge but gets more than he bargained for when he becomes 11-year-old Tiger and 12-year-old Billy's form tutor. Best friends Tiger and Billy are messing around in lessons, bringing handcuffs into school and getting into all sorts of mischief.

And on Valentine's Day love is in the air for 11-year-olds Lily and Jacob. They used to be boyfriend and girlfriend but since Lily called it off they've been calling each other names and falling out in lessons, leaving Miss Bland to pick up the pieces. But Jacob still has feelings for Lily. Can he win her back with a grand gesture?

Channel 4’s Head of Documentaries Nick Mirsky said: “Educating is an enormously important part of our documentary output at Channel. We have had a year without the series and are extremely excited to return with a new school in Salford.

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"The new series promises to unearth more inspirational, entertaining and heart-rending stories from the hallways of Harrop Fold, with a few new elements thrown in to the mix.”

The new series will air for eight episodes.

Educating Manchester continues tonight, 9PM on Channel 4.

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