Nas is a sixth form student at Ackley Bridge college ready to move onto the next stage of her life and is looking at studying medicine at Oxford University. But will this affect her relationship with best friend Missy?
Missy has a complicated life. She has to play mum to her sister and her own mum Simone, who struggles with addiction, She has a great friendship with Nas, but isn't sure what she will do when she leaves school.
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Mandy Carter is the head teacher of Ackley Bridge College and is very passionate about the school. But after splitting from her husband and being pregnant, life is about to change in a big way.
Kaneez is the mother of Nasreen, the school dinner lady and a force of nature. Last series she had a romance with science teacher Rashid and she series she has to decide if she wants to take things to the next level.
The hot-headed new Deputy Head is brought in by the Valley Trust to make some changes at Ackley Bridge. He's described as a passionate teacher who's not very passionate about the bureaucracy with it.
Sue is Ackley Bridges new Director of Behaviour who's described as 'distinctly un-PC'. She seems more concerned with counting down the next ten years to her retirement than the students.
Sam Murgatroyd arrived last series and is the girlfriend of Nas. She's set for drama this series when her mum gets released from prison.
Sams formidable mum, who has just been released from prison. She locks horns with Deputy Head Martin Evershed.
Phoebe Tuffs-Berry as new bad girl Rukhsana; George Potts as Mandys boss Ken; Tony Jayawardena as Rashid; Sam Retford as Cory; Gurjeet Singh as Naveed; Adil Ray as Sadiq; Maariah Hussain as Alya; Nohail Mohammed as Riz