Grange Hill via South Park?

12th August 2005 at 01:00
The foul-mouthed pupils alone would be enough to make more conservative teachers react with horror at the new school-based cartoon Bromwell High.

The depiction of staffroom life may cause even greater upset, as the teachers are portrayed as wimpy, criminal or sexually-frustrated. Some may yearn for the relatively innocent days when teachers feared that Grange Hill might be a bad influence.

The cartoon is certainly unsuitable for children, and it will be worrying if pupils repeat highlights in the playground (such as a scene in which assessors describe the maths department as "cocking shite"). But parents, not schools, should ensure their offspring are not sitting up past 11 o'clock watching Channel 4.

Like cigarettes and alcohol, Bromwell High is a vice that open-minded teachers should be allowed to enjoy, without guilt, in the comfort of their own homes.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today