Part one of two. Documentary following children from low income families over three critical years, exploring the challenges they face as they progress from ages 13 to 16. The first episode follows three young girls as they face the mounting pressure of their first year of GCSE preparation. In Port Talbot, avid reader Anne-Marie knows she wants to go to university, but needs help dealing with the prospect of exams. Meanwhile in Tamworth, Shakira's school try to help her find her creative voice by pushing her out of her comfort zone, and aspiring paediatrician Jada from Birmingham is determined to ace her Year 9 exams, as she hopes to secure her place at a nearby Sixth Form grammar school.