NAME: Karla Bentham
FAMILY: Anette Bentham (Mother)
ARRIVED AT WATERLOO ROAD: Series 3, Episode 1
PORTRAYED BY: Jessica Baglow
Karla is a 16-year old girl with Asperger's Syndrome who initially found it difficult to make friends and fit in at Waterloo Road, having problems with understanding affection and dealing with physical contact. Her literal interpretation of simple instructions was the fuel for spiteful pranks and easy laughs, but with the help of her dedicated teaching assistant Davina, and the eventual genuine friendship with Aleesha and Danielle, she finds her place at the school, albeit with a few uneasy moments. Although her condition may sometimes be challenging for her, she is noticeably very intelligent, and brings a refreshing directness to the school.