Vaughan Fitzgerald starts the term determined to save the school from a merger with the help of a brand new initiative. His ‘second chances’ agenda is a fresh start bolstered by a strong dynamic with Lorna and we should bear in mind that, whatever happens along the way, it will ultimately succeed. He is proven right and we should root for that outcome. This isn’t wishy-washy swing door liberalism. It’s a pragmatic response to a crisis that allows him to reassert his authority and show his strength. A spanner is thrown into the works when Olga returns to the school as a supply teacher, she knows exactly how to push his buttons and challenges him when no one else will.

As a father, Vaughan is still looking after Justin and Leo full-time however his dedication could see him neglecting his sons when they need him most.