Ahead of the Class

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Ahead of the Class
Directed by Adrian Shergold
Produced by Elli Jason
Written by Marie Stubbs (book)
Robert Jones
Starring Julie Walters
Inday Ba
Reece Dinsdale
Michelle Fairley
Music by Paul Heard
Cinematography David Odd
Editing by Tania Reddin
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Original channel ITV
Release date
  • 30 January 2005 (2005-01-30)
Running time 94 minutes

Ahead of the Class is a 2003 book and 2005 dramatic television film based on real-life events.


Marie Stubbs is a diminutive Glaswegian headmistress who is close to the age of retirement. After being Head teacher at The Douay Martyrs School, Ickenham, she takes on one last challenge: to improve the fortunes of St George's School in North West London. The school is facing closure after its previous headmaster, Philip Lawrence, was murdered in 1995, while breaking up a fight between his pupils and students from a rival school.


Awards and nominations[edit]

Royal Television Society

  • 2006: Nominated, "Best Single Drama"
  • 2006: Nominated, "Best Actress" - Julie Walters

External links[edit]

Ahead of the Class at the Internet Movie Database