Thornhill’s young stars applauded for TV show

Amy, Hannah, Georgia, Sheridan, Lauren and Beth.'Educating Yorkshire.
Amy, Hannah, Georgia, Sheridan, Lauren and Beth.'Educating Yorkshire.
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A chance clash between the queen bee of the ‘cool group’ and a member of the quieter crowd featured in the second episode of Educating Yorkshire.

Last night’s programme followed the cliques and tribes at the centre of school life at Thornhill Community Academy.

The ultimate punishment for any year 11 pupil is being banned from the end of year prom – and it’s one headteacher Jonny Mitchell had to dish out to Georgia, 16.

The first episode of the documentary series was met with an overwhelmingly positive response by viewers last week.

Among the stars of the show causing a Twitter frenzy were pupils Bailey and Ryan, and headteacher Mr Mitchell.

Former Thornhill Academy prefect Shannon Woodhouse, 16, was at the school while filming was taking place.

She wrote to the Reporter: “Not only does it show us what it is like to learn at a modern secondary school, but also the challenges that teachers have to face on a daily basis.

“The headmaster Mr Mitchell shows to be a determined new headmaster with a passion to help all students of the academy succeed at the school.”

On the Mirfield Live Facebook page, Annette Medlock wrote: “I thought it was very interesting! It goes to show what teachers have to put up with during term time.”

And Carolyne Smith said: “Having moved to Essex, this was a lovely return to my roots. And is the head looking for a girlfriend...”

Over on the Dewsbury Reporter Facebook page, Neil Cascarino said: “That made me laugh – we have teachers and head master showing how kids should dress be smart, both teachers and the head master need to be shown what a razor looks like before passing judgement.”

Former Apprentice star Claire Young said: “Lots of people feared, moaned that #educatingyorkshire would shame the county but I feel it’s the opposite. A head who is a hero!”

Dewsbury and Mirfield MP Simon Reevell said: “10/10 so far for Mr Mitchell and his team!”

Adam Jones said: “Everybody at @thornhillca should be incredibly proud to have a head teacher like that!”

One Direction pop star Louis Tomlinson, from Doncaster, wrote: “Little Ryan on Educating Yorkshire is a legend. He should be on children’s TV.”

Stephen Drew, who was deputy head in the Educating Essex series, said: “Love it already. You see Britain: this is what we do all over the country for your children every day.”