Double joy on golden day for Educating Yorkshire school

Stars of Educating Yorkshire Matthew Burton and Musharaf Asghar
Stars of Educating Yorkshire Matthew Burton and Musharaf Asghar
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STAFF and students at a West Yorkshire school which featured on Channel 4 show Educating Yorkshire have enjoyed a double celebration.

Thornhill Community Academy won an International Emmy just hours before celebrating its 50th anniversary.

On Monday night, the 2014 International Emmys took centre stage at the New York Hilton Hotel to celebrate the best of international television.

Yesterday, Thornhill Academy, which opened as Thornhill Secondary School on November 25 1964, celebrated the Emmy win and its golden anniversary.

The 42nd edition of the prestigious International Emmy awards were presented by Little Britain star Matt Lucas.

Fly-on-the-wall documentary Educating Yorkshire was rewarded for being the best non-scripted entertainment programme.

School head Jonny Mitchell said: “I am obviously delighted with the recognition gained in the States.

“The only tinge of regret being our inability to be there to accept the prize in person, but we do have a school to run.”

Mr Mitchell added: “As for the birthday celebrations, we have been rolling the clock back and getting involved in all sorts of nostalgic events to mark this significant milestone in the school’s history.”

Thornhill Community Academy ran lessons which would have been taught in 1964 as part of yesterday’s celebrations.

A 50th birthday raffle was held with all proceeds going towards raising funds towards buying a memorial bench for the academy’s Peace Garden.

The garden was set up in remembrance of all students who have passed through the school.

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