It’s back to school for Channel 4 with the follow-up documentary series to the critically-acclaimed, Bafta award-winning Educating Essex. Educating Yorkshire is an eight-part series, again exploring what really happens behind the school gates – but this time in a Northern town.
Filmed at Thornhill Community Academy near Dewsbury where half of the pupils come from the local Asian communities, the series captures every detail of life in the school from playground hijinks and inspirational lessons to life-changing events. It follows the work of Headteacher Jonny Mitchell, himself born and raised in Dewsbury, to better the chances for all his students and build on successive years of improving exam results. Helped by a stellar team of staff, Jonny is determined that every child leaves his school having achieved their full potential; be that a full-complement of A*s or managing that vital C grade in English and Maths. Jonny and his team are also keen to ensure that alongside great exam results the kids graduate as model citizens who better understand one another.
Focussing on the GCSE students and staff who teach them, Educating Yorkshire documents the most important years in their education. Told with warmth and humour, this series explores the universally-recognisable themes of teenage life and those all-important pupil-teacher relationships which lie at the heart of everyone’s formative years.
Educating Yorkshire has won a Royal Television Society Award, a National Television Award, a Broadcast Award, a Broadcasting Press Guild Award, A Televisual Bulldog award and an IVCA Award. Mark Towns was awarded a BAFTA Craft for Editing episode one.
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