Mr McDonnell  
  Mid-40s, drill sergeant-style sportsmaster with over twenty years of experience and a strong knowledge of his subject. Mr McDonnell won't suffer fools gladly and knows all the tricks pupils use to get out of PE.

He is not intentionally cruel (unless it's in a good cause), but his teaching methods are somewhat dated and he can't adapt to 21st century ideas or what he would term "political correctness". Swimming is Mr McDonnell's speciality, and his passion for the sport makes him intolerant of pupils who don't share his love for it.

Background
  Series 28 Mr McDonnell tires of Alex's excuses for getting out of swimming and forces him to enter the pool. Once in the water, Alex receives encouragement from his classmates.

Series 29 Malachay is not looking forward to the football match at Boswald House but McDonnell relishes the challenge. Boswald House play dirty and McDonnell encourages Grange Hill to do likewise, which swings the game in their favour. McDonnell proves his indifference towards the reasons behind Tanya's PE kit crusade.

Series 30 McDonnell is unable to revive Baz when he fatally collapses on the football pitch. He persuades Donnie to find a more constructive way of remembering his friend, leading to the creation of the Baz Wainwright memorial trophy. McDonnell suspects the Humphries are bullying Alex, but without his admission has no proof. Max tries to take a pop at his former teacher on the last day of term, but Mooey persuades him to back off.

Lowdown
FEAR RATING: 8/10. Don't forget your kit!
TYPE: Sergeant major who missed his calling
ROMANCE RATING: Loves a few lengths of the pool
REBEL RATING: 6/10. Political correctness not accommodated!

SERIES 31
Laxo Archer
Abel Benson
Theo Benson
Miss Bettany
Ed Booth
Jake Briggs
Clooney
Ducket
Miss Greene
Gyngell
Lucy Johnson
Tigger Johnson
Togger Johnson
Sammy Lee
Mr McDonnell
Kathy McIlroy
Chloe Moore
Andrea O'Malley
Mrs Rawlinson
Serena Sulli
Rachel Towers
Bryn Williams
Megan Williams
XS
Jenny Young
Tanya Young

Ali Duncan
Andy Turner
Anika Modi
Anna Duncan
Annette Firman
Annie Wainwright
Baz Wainwright
Benny Green
Briony Jones
Calley Donnington
Calvin Braithwaite
Carl Fenton
Claire Scott
Clare Chaplin
Colin Brown
Danny Hartston
Danny Kendall
Darren Clarke
Dawn O'Malley
Delia Lodge
Donnie Briscoe
Duane Orpington
Eleanor Smith
Emma Bolton
Fay Lucas
Freddie Mainwaring
Gemma Lyons
Georgina Hayes
Gonch Gardner
Gordon Jones
Gripper Stebson
Holly Parsons
Ian Hudson
Imelda Davis
Jackie Wright
Jacko Morgan
James Arnold
Jeremy Bishop
Jessica Arnold
Joanna Day
Joe Williams
Josh Irvine
Judi Jeffreys
Justine Dean
Karen Young
Katrina Simpson
Katy Fraser
Kelly Bradshaw
Keiran Osbourne
Kyle Brown
Leah Stewart
Lisa West
Maddie Gilks
Martin Miller
Maria Watts
Matthew Cartwright
Matthew Pearson
Matt Singleton
Max Humphries
Mauler McCaul
Mel Adams
Mike Bentley
Mooey Humphries
Natasha Stevens
Nathan Charles
Neil Timpson
Pamela Cartwright
Pogo Patterson
Robbie Wright
Roland Browning
Ronnie Birtles
Ross Duncan
Sam "Cracker" Bacon
Shona West
Spencer Hargreaves
Suzanne Ross
Taylor Mitchell
Tom Smith
Tracy Long
Trevor Cleaver
Trisha Yates
Tucker Jenkins
Vikki Meedes
Wally Scott
Wayne Sutcliffe
Zammo Maguire
Ziggy Greaves
Zoe Stringer

Miss Adams
Mr Bronson
Miss Carver
Mr Deverill
Mr Garfield
Mr Hankin
Mr Hargreaves
Mrs Holmes
Mr Hopwood
Mrs Knuckle
Mr Malachay
Mrs McClusky
Scruffy McGuffy
Mr MItchell
Mr Robson
Mr Thomson