|Portrayed by||Sarah-Jane Potts|
|First Appearance||Series 5 Episode 1|
|Last Appearance||Series 5 Episode 20|
|Cause/Reason||Left for pastures new|
|Occupation||Head of Modern Foreign Languages|
Jo Lipsett brings a rush of excitement to the staffroom when she arrives at Waterloo Road with her forthright and fun approach to life. Passionate and dedicated, she’s worked hard to become Head of Languages at a tender 31 years of age.
But behind the youthful veneer is an old style school teacher who exudes confidence and authority and is respected by staff and pupils alike. Steph found it difficult taking direction from her new boss thinking that she’s barely older than the kids, but the two eventually form a close bond with Jo genuinely working to improve Steph’s teaching skills.
Jo’s entirely confident within herself and her sexuality is no secret to either staff or pupils but this term she’ll find that confidence can lead her into hot water as Ros gets a major crush on Jo and ends up kissing her. When the situation comes to a head, Jo has to concede that she’s not without fault, and leaves the school.
This is the last we see and hear from her.