Mr Hargreaves

Subject: Maths
Type: Prat

School Days: 1990-1992

They didn't call him "Mad Max" for nothing! Mr Hargreaves took over as Grange Hill's Deputy Head in 1990, but you could be forgiven for thinking he was a businessman rather than a teacher. Max was more concerned with raising the school's profile than doing an honest day's teaching; to him, talented pupils like Mike Bentley were useful marketing tools. The other teachers found Max highly irritating and difficult to work with; Mrs McClusky couldn't stand him and even the mild-mannered Mr Robson struggled to cope when Max was installed as acting head.

When he did teach, he was an old-style disciplinarian ready to pounce on the morning's latecomers. Pupils and colleagues got great pleasure getting one over on Max but he never seem to take the hint. Max couldn't believe his luck when Mrs McClusky announced her departure, but Grange Hill's new head wasn't going to be him.

REASON FOR LEAVING: Humiliated at not getting Mrs McClusky's job and left for a new job in Halifax.

Series 13: Max gets on everyone's nerves from day one. Mrs Monroe use Year 7 to wind him up with a performance of her new "school song" - Max is not amused! Max knows Mike Bentley could be useful in promoting a positive image of Grange Hill and conspires with Mike's dad to ensure Mike puts on his best show.

Series 14: The school is flooded and Max is drenched when a ceiling collapses on him! Year 10's trip to Russia is cancelled after Max misappropriates the money to pay for a new school office. Max can't believe his luck when Mrs McClusky announces her departure; he's overconfident of getting the job and when he doesn't, crashes down to Earth with a bump.

Series 15: Max makes the most of his time as deputy head and lets Justine interview him for the school newspaper. Her questions aren't what he was hoping for, so Ms Janowitz re-edits the tape in his favour. Max is livid when Year 9 shower his car with dirt - Mr Robson can't hide his amusement!

ASSOCIATES: Mrs McClusky, Mr Robson, Mrs Monroe, Mrs Mason.

CURRENT WHEREABOUTS: Still getting a little "extra help" in Halifax?

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