TV Preview: Educating Yorkshire at Christmas
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The staff and students of Thornhill Community Academy will be back on the nation’s screens this evening, as Educating Yorkshire returns for a Christmas special. The programme will be catching up with some of the best-loved characters from the television hit series. A year has passed since filming took place, and a lot has been happening in the meantime. New challenges have materialised, love is in the air, and the controversial trouble-makers have turned over a new leaf. Headteacher Jonny Mitchell, who was transformed into a celebrity overnight, reflects on the follow-up episode: “We’d been reassured there wouldn’t be a follow-up”. He was adamant that the cameras wouldn’t intrude again, but then news broke that Educating Yorkshire was one of Channel 4’s biggest hits of the Autumn, with 3 million viewers tuning in to the final episode. The nation was calling for more of the same. Many of the Year 11s that we saw throughout the series have now moved on to either college or work. Musharaf, the boy who spent his school career suffering from a stammer, is now studying in Huddersfield, working towards a career in teaching. It’s clear to see that Thornhill Community Academy really did change his life, by giving him confidence and transforming him into a young man. Whilst some students have moved on, the academy is still very much carrying on as normal. Mr Mitchell has noted that “the tide has turned,” with fewer exclusions and smarter-looking pupils who are “doing what they should be doing [learning].
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