Mr Hopwood

TYPE: Firm but fair
Nickname: Hoppy
School Days: 1980-1983

Well-named for his subject, Mr Hopwood was Grange Hill's woodwork teacher. His handsome looks meant he was the object of several crushes by the girls, most notoriously Claire Scott. Whenever there was something practical needing doing around the school, Mr Hopwood was always there. But he could be tough at times; clouting Alan Humphries whom he caught smoking, and putting Gripper in his place. A good, paternal teacher respected by his pupils and who is much missed.

SO WHERE DID HE GO? To Milton Keynes, to become a head of department in 1983.

  Series 3: Mr Hopwood is instrumental in setting up a school outdoor centre. He's also G3's form tutor and persuades Susi to take up a lunchtime activity - little realising it would bring her into contact with school bully, Jill Harcourt.

Series 4: Mr Hopwood breaks up a fight in which Gripper and Pogo smash up the common room. Cathy develops a crush on Mr Hopwood.

Series 5: Mr Hopwood comes into conflict with Suzanne whom he catches bunking off to work in a clothes shop. Claire's dad confronts him after her crush emerges. When Miss Mooney's engagement to Mr Sutcliffe ends, Mr Hopwood asks her out.

Series 6: Mr Hopwood has more trouble with Suzanne, who refuses to wear school uniform. He breaks up Gripper's race riot.


FAMILY: Like many a Grange Hill teacher, Mr Hopwood lived alone.

CURRENT WHEREABOUTS: Left Milton Keynes - and teaching - in 2001, thereafter working in Manchester as a financial advisor before being exposed as a serial killer!

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