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Estelle Cooper
Portrayed by Judith Barker
First Appearance Series 1 Episode 1
Last Appearance Series 1 Episode 8
Cause/Reason Resigned For Personal Reasons
Occupation School Secretary

Estelle Cooper was the secretary of Brian Vaisey (c.1976- 2006) and Jack Rimmer (2006-2007). Estelle left for an unknown reason in between the "Summer" of Series 1 and 2. 

Jack Rimmer quoted in S2 Ep 1 "She left me in the lurch."

Estelle Cooper is the School Secretary throughout series 1. She has a good working relationship with Jack Rimmer, and displays strong loyalty towards him. She resigns from her post between series 1 and 2, leaving Jack without a secretary at the start of a new term.


"We'll soon have this lot sorted, Mr Rimmer. And I, for one, will be more than happy working for you." - First line, to Jack Rimmer immediately after he became headmaster


  • Judith Barker, who portrayed Estelle, later returned to the show for a few episodes of the final series, appearing as Grace, an old woman in a care home whom Darren Hughes and Rhiannon Salt befriended. This makes her the only actor to appear in both the first and last series.