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 Jemima Kirke's New Headteacher In Sex Education Is Leaving Viewers Furious

Jemima Kirke's New Headteacher In Sex Education Is Leaving Viewers Furious

New headteacher Hope Haddon has drawn the ire of the Netflix show's fans after doing her best to strip her students of their identities

Simon Catling

Simon Catling

The third season of Sex Education dropped on Netflix on Friday (17 September) - and new headteacher Hope Haddon is already attracting fans' fury. You can watch the trailer for the new season below:

Played by Jemima Kirke, Hope is a former student at Moordale Secondary School and replaces Alistair Petrie's Mr Michael Groff, who was dismissed from the role at the end of season two.

In comparison to Groff's hopelessly out of touch leadership, Hope is younger and initially portrays herself as the cool sort of teacher you'd feel was more like your mate.

However, under this guise Hope is swift to bring in a range of measures aiming to strip the students of their identities.

These new rules include single-file lines in the school corridors and the introduction of a mandatory school uniform.


Hope has a particular problem with another new character, Cal - played by Dua Saleh.

A non-binary student, Cal's representation of gender fluidity and openness of human sexuality is at sharp odds with the conformist Hope, who spends most of season three trying to wash her cohort of their identities.

Unsurprisingly fans of the show have not taken kindly to the new head, and Twitter has exploded as a result.

One user wrote: "I hope that headteacher gets rotten food thrown at her like in GoT [Game of Thrones]."

Another added: "This new headteacher can go to HELLLLLLL."

A third commented: "I just finished Sex Education and all I can think is WHY was that headteacher not arrested at multiple points this season."

While one user wrote: "My gosh... The new headteacher is the worst. I hate her!"


Kirke is best known for playing Jessa Johansson in the HBO comedy Girls.

After the show finished in 2017, she then went on to star in feature films such as the dark comedy The Little Hours as well as the supernatural horror comedy Ava's Possessions.

She also starred alongside her real-life sister Lola Kirke, Ben Mendelsohn, and Fifty Shades of Grey's Jamie Dornan in the relationship drama Untogether.

Despite Hope's new rules, season three of Sex Education is just as saucy as ever, with the opening sequence of the first new episode alone enough to send viewers into raptures.

The chaotic montage set to The Rubinoos' 'I Think We're Alone Now' reacquainted us with the students, teachers and parents of Moordale High, who are having a great time bonking each other's brains.

Firstly, we saw Otis enjoying a late night romp in a car, then Eric and Adam got down to business and Ola and Lily got into some strange extra-terrestrial stuff.

Safe to say the new season started with a bang and Hope will no doubt continue to stir things up in season four.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, Sex Education, Netflix