Ahead of the Class

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Ahead of the Class
Written by Marie Stubbs (book)
Robert Jones
Directed by Adrian Shergold
Starring Julie Walters
Inday Ba
Reece Dinsdale
Michelle Fairley
Theme music composer Paul Heard
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Elli Jason
Cinematography David Odd
Editor(s) Tania Reddin
Running time 94 minutes
Original network ITV
Original release
  • 30 January 2005 (2005-01-30)

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 kind Lawrence, was murdered in 1995, while breaking up a fight between his pupils and students from a rival school.

The drama was filmed on location at former Kingsland Secondary School in Dalston, Hackney, London.


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 on Internet Movie Database