EDUCATING Yorkshire star pupil Musharaf Asghar took centre stage as he celebrated the series being named best documentary at the National Television Awards.
The former student from the Thornhill Community Academy, whose battle to overcome a stammer won him the hearts of millions of watching viewers said “Yes, yes, yes” as he reacted to the show’s success.
He was joined on stage by other stars of the show including head teacher Jonny Mitchell and his deputy Michael Steer.The eight-part documentary series captured life inside the secondary school, near Dewsbury, with 64 fixed cameras set up in offices, classrooms and corridors.
Mr Mitchell said to the crowds at the O2 Arena last night: “It’s amazing that at time when teachers are getting bashed left, right and centre, we can give a little back to those hard working professionals.”
Earlier the school’s choir had helped to launch the evening by joining with X Factor winner Sam Bailey who was duetting with her hero Michael Bolton on the soul classic Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.
The TV series which was filmed at the start of 2013 and screened from September has catapulted some of the teaching staff and pupils into the limelight.
The series closed with an emotional last episode in which Musharaf overcomes a stammer with the help of English teacher Matthew Burton who got him to listen to music on headphones while talking after being inspired by the Oscar-winning film the King’s Speech.
Now the secondary school, which was watched by audiences of more than three million during Educating Yorkshire’s peak, has a gong of its own.