|Portrayed by||Heather Peace|
|First Appearance||Series 7 Episode 23|
|Last Appearance||Series 9 Episode 20|
|Born||19 January 1979|
|Occupation|| English Teacher / Head Of English (2012)
Head of PRU (2013-) Deputy Head (2013)
Nikki Boston joined the teaching staff in series 7c. At first her character was disliked by the pupils and most of the teachers because of her unique way of teaching. She was unlike every other teacher at Waterloo Road as she was very insensitive about the childrens issues and saw them as being there to learn.
Nikki first appears as one of the candidates applying for the role of the new English teacher at the school. She fails the application and offends Tom when she gives him some advice on how to deal with Josh, who appears to be hooked on drugs. When she chases down Josh's dealer, Grady, Tom offers her the job as Head Of English.
When Josh's behaviour starts to become even more erratic, Nikki urges Tom to seek professional advice. It is found that she was correct in her concerns and that Josh had schizophrenia.
Tom is unsure about how to go about tackling Josh's schizophrenia, having not yet told him what the psychiatrist said. Nikki urges Tom to be honest with Josh about his condition.
When the school moves to Scotland, Nikki decides not to join them. She later changes her mind, and returns not as Head Of English, but as Head Of The PRU.
In the second part of the series, Michael calls upon Nikki to head the new Pupil Referral Unit (PRU), where she clashes with Scout, who is against the fact that she has been placed in the PRU. When Nikki's car goes missing. she immediately places the blame on Scout, not believing her when she denies it.
As Nikki continues to blame Scout for her missing car and handbag, she becomes increasingly frustrated that the girl will not admit to her crimes. She sets about punishing her, forcing her to clean the halls and discluding her from classwork.
Lorraine Donnegan's car also goes missing, causing her to the phone the police and start an investigation. Both Scout and Barry Barry are questioned, leading Nikki to believe that there is evidence to suggest that Scout was responsible. Barry later hints to her that it was in fact him that had stolen her possessions, and Lorraine explains that the only reason Scout was questioned was under her advisement.
A former Waterloo Road pupil, Bolton Smilie, visits the school. He is now in the army and Nikki believes he will provide a good role model to the students. For this reason, Lorraine requests that he does a speech to the sixth-form students.
The rest of the staff are confused about why Lorraine has chosen Nikki to be the new deputy head without consulting Michael. At the end of the episode, Lorraine confides in Nikki about her financial problems, and that her money won't be able to keep the school open forever unless it faces some serious budget cuts. Nikki offers her support and reminds Lorraine that she is always there if she needs someone to talk to.
Nikki is suspiscious of the new student Fergal, who is dealing drugs to the younger students at the school. She talks to his mother and discovers they are on the run from the rest of his town due to his history of drug dealing. It is learned that he is in danger at the school and so they rush to help him. Both Lorraine and Fergal are faced by the father of Fergal's ex-girlfriend, but the situation is soon controlled. Nikki and Lorraine discuss why Nikki was appointed as deputy head, and Lorraine explains that her plans for the school included Nikki. Lorraine tells her that she doesn't see her as being her 'lap dog' and then kisses her.
Lorraine and Nikki later break up, but possibly not indefinitely.
Michael resigns as headteacher and Lorraine appoints Nikki to replace him. At the end of her first day as head, she quits due to the teacher's strike.When Christine Mulgrew becomes Head, she loses the deputy headship to Simon Lowsley (although she previously chose to resign that day).
Nikki returns reprising her role as Head Of The PRU, and now also as an English Teacher. She surprisingly didn't replace Tom Clarkson as Deputy alongside Simon (it was decided no one would) but she was still a member of the SMT (as Head Of The PRU).
This term sees Nikki working with Kacey Barry to sort out Kacey's anger issues,and her depression following the death of Tom. She introduced Kacey to boxing and gave her the opportunity to attend a boxing camp in America. However, she had to try and convince Kacey's mum to let her go.
We also find out that in series 9 episode 7 that she has an enstranged daughter called Eve . We find out that she was going to have an abortion but Eve's dad came on time and made a deal saying that the baby will be born and he would have to look after it. He even told her to have contact with her daughter but she said no. When Eve was old enough he told her that her mum died. So when Eve finds out her mum is still alive she finds her, not realising it was Nikki's choice not to be part of her life. When she find this out she is very angry at her mum but Kacey makes her realise Nikki isn't that bad meaning Eve has agreed to see her mum again.
Series 8 autumnEdit
Series 8 spring
At the end of Series 9 epsiode 10 Nikki meets Vix, Sue's sister, at Sue and Simon's wedding reception. There appears to be a spark between the 2 of them and Vix comments 'if I knew Sue had such sexy colleagues I'd have called in at playtime'. The relationship has continued into 9b. Vix came into the school staff room to speak to Sue. She secretly slipped a phone to Nikki and then Nikki read a text reading 'thinking naughty thoughts about you x'. Sonya also guessed that 'a smile like that can only mean on thing, someone new on the scene' which Nikki quietly responded with 'maybe'. When Vix dropped Sue off back at Waterloo Road, she publicly declared her love for Nikki and they kissed by Nikki's car. Nikki kicked off. After school, Sonya, Hector, the Lowsleys and Vix went to the pub. Nikki walked in and Her and Vix settled by the bar. Nikki was nervous about seeing Vix again, asking her if she is still talking to her. Vix responds with 'I don't blame you for kicking off. What I did was pretty out there.' Then Nikki answered with 'Maybe, but I think it was the kick up the backside I needed. And, there's something I forgot to say earlier. I love you too!' They then started kissing. Hector was a bit shocked. Simon said 'this isn't the main show, more like the encore!'
Nikki can sometimes be seen mucking out horses in the local stables, she finds it relaxing and helps to take the stresses away from being in a school that gets attacked by pyromaniacs every 6 months.