It was the first day back after the summer holidays, I always enjoyed the first day back. Seeing all the new students settle in...It gave me a sense of pride. Knowing that this was my school and my students. I'd seen so many kids change. Take Kyle Stack for instance he'd been one of the big trouble makers but since he started dancing and the teachers showed him they did care and that they weren't just there to tell him off.
There was one new student I was particularly eager to meet. Taylor Schofield. She was starting year 11. Her grades said she was a smart student. Her only problems were her attitude and her attendance. She was quite the trouble maker. She'd been thrown out of her last school for truanting; it seems the teachers there couldn't handle her.
I was hoping Waterloo Road could change that. I had a new teacher starting today too Sarah Dawson. I'd heard she was brilliant at what she did. She was an ICT teacher and apparently she really knew how to get through to the students. It was my job as head teacher to get everyone settled in. At the end of morning assembly I asked Taylor to stay behind. Surprise, surprise she hadn't turned up yet... This was a great start. I asked Janeece to send her straight in when she arrived to sign in.
I arrived at school wearing a short skirt with ankle socks. The first few buttons of the shirt were undone and my tie was barely visible it was hanging so low. I had a black zip up hoodie on instead of the school jumper and my satchel handing over my right shoulder. I was late yet again. Fabulous. Thank you mum. I went to the main office to sign in; the secretary gave me my timetable.
"Miss Mason wants to see you" She said
"Oh when would she like to see me? I think I'm free next Tuesday around 2 o'clock?"
"Now" Janeece said, I could tell by her face she wasn't amused
"I'd love to but I'm busy" I said turning and walking out of the office
I'd already missed English, with Mr Clarkson. Oh well he'd have to get over it. Next I had Science with Mrs Diamond. I enjoyed Science I just didn't enjoy teachers sticking their noses in. Science had started 20 minutes ago. I was in half a mind in whether to go. After break time I had science again with Mrs Diamond. Then French with Miss Haydock and after lunch I had maths with Mr Chalk and ICT with Miss Dawson. I sighed. I decided I'd go to science after break time. What was one lesson?
When I spoke to Janeece she told me what had happened with Taylor. I sighed. This bad start wasn't getting any better. I pulled up Taylor's timetable on the computer. She had Science with Mrs Diamond. I checked the lab, no sign of Taylor...I went back to my office and got the number for Taylor's mum off Janeece. I went into my office calling the number.
"Hello" I said "I'm Rachel Mason I'm calling about Taylor. She hasn't turned up to any classes this morning"
"Why are you calling me about that little bitch?" A woman slurred down the phone "She's your problem now"
The woman hung up. Well that explained a lot. What chance did Taylor have with a mother like that? No wonder she kept acting up the poor child. I went outside she was bound to be around somewhere. Well I was hoping she was anyway. I walked around the grounds she was nowhere to be found. I sighed. How was I supposed to help her if she wouldn't let me? I went to have a word with Sian at break time.
"Hi Rachel what can I do for you?" She asked, Sian was my deputy head and I relied on her to help me with a lot of things.
"If Taylor Schofield makes an appearance in your next lesson can you bring her to see me please? Don't send her because she won't show...I need you to escort her to me"
"Okay" Sian smiled
"Thank you" I said before leaving the lab.
I went back to my office and made myself a coffee, I sighed leaning back in my chair.
I had a smoke at break time as I sat on the field. There was one boy I had my eye on, he had black, spiky hair. When his basketball bounced off the court. I picked it up and shot a 3 pointer straight in the net. He came over.
"Nice shot" He said
"Taylor...Schofield" I replied
"Ohhh you're the one Miss Mason was looking for" he said
"Yep, that's me" I said "I'm the trouble maker"
"I like trouble makers" he grinned
It turned out Finn was in my biology class. There was a spare seat next to him so I sat with him. I tried to blend in. I wasn't in the mood for interfering teachers. Mrs Diamond approached me as I was talking to Finn.
"Taylor can you come with me please?" She asked
"Umm do I have to?" I said
I stood up, kissing Finn's cheek
"See you later handsome" I smirked as I followed her leaving the room
There was a knock on the door and Sian walked in with Taylor.
"Ah Taylor" I said "Take a seat"
Sian went outside to give us some privacy.
"Truanting on the first day Taylor? What is going on?"
Taylor just sat there with her arms crossed rolling her eyes.
"Don't do that" She said
"Pretend that you care...You're all the same"
"I do care" I told her
She stood up.
"Taylor sit down" I said
She didn't listen she flung the door open and stormed out.
"Taylor!" I called after her
She kept walking. I sighed. Sian came in.
"I just thought you should know that Taylor and Finn have got a budding romance thing going on"
"Thanks Sian I'll keep an eye on them" I smiled