On his wedding eve and with his interview imminent Simon is overwhelmed when he finds Robert has bought him and Sue a house, and he reacts badly to single parent Avril Mack's complaint that her son Stevie is being bullied for his stammer by a vicious girl gang. Christine bravely details her own domestic problems with Connor in an effort to find out underlying home difficulties with the Macks and Simon is sufficiently impressed by her candour and bravery that he stands down from the promotion, endorsing Christine, who - with unexpected support from Imogen's mother - wins the permanent head teacher post. The theft of Kacey's travel fund is discovered and Nikki prepares to make up the money herself but Kacey discovers that her rotten brother stole it and exposes him in front of the school, as a result of which Carol kicks him out and Kacey flies to the states as planned. Sue and Simon get married but decide to elope, leaving the other staff to enjoy their - and Christine's - celebration.
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