Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby is an unrepentant, politically incorrect, roller-coaster romp about an extraordinarily eccentric secondaryschool teacher, who the Education Review Office in their last assessment described as follows:
"Mr Gormsby is an out-dated, reactionary, racist, sexist teacher completely out of touch with educational theory in the second millennium. He defies the curriculum in every subject and is a disgrace to the profession. He should have no place in any state or private school. We will close Tepapawai Boys High and appoint a commissioner if Mr Gormsby is not replaced forthwith."
Tepapawai is a tatty school set in a dreary suburb where cheap housing sits alongside squalid light industry. If you had a choice you wouldn't really want to educate your kids here. On the plus side it's near the sea. Sadly it's where the seas smells of wet linoleum and petrochemicals.
A decile-two school, it has one of the highest staff turnovers in the country and since their last damning ERO Report, the hapless Principal, Roger Dasent, can't find enough relieving teachers. Certainly no teacher in the school wants to be put in charge of the out of control, law unto themselves boys in 5F.
In desperation Dasent places ads on the Internet and ads in education gazettes, in places as varied as Bangladesh and Chernobyl. Still gets no takers.
With great trepidation, he has to reach for the folder at the bottom of his filing cabinet and make a phone call to the one person he had hoped he would never have to speak to again, Mr Gormsby!