A small part of Dewsbury was on top of the television world as Educating Yorkshire scooped a gong at the National Television Awards.
Former pupil Musharaf Asghar, who reduced the nation to tears in the final episode, took centre stage as he celebrated the show’s success with a triumphant “yes, yes, yes!”
The series filmed at Thornhill Community Academy – which was watched by audiences of more than three million – won best television documentary at the star-studded ceremony last night (Wednesday).
Mushy was joined on stage by head teacher Jonny Mitchell and deputy head teachers Michael Steer and Matthew Burton as actor Hugh Boneville presented them with the prize.
Mr Mitchell said to the crowds at the O2 Arena: “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.”
Speaking later, he said: “This really is the icing on the cake for everyone involved in the programme and the academy, to know that so many people voted for us is just amazing.
“I can’t believe we got the chance to experience this event and walk the red carpet it is something none of us will forget.”
English Teacher Mr Burton said: “I know the community of Thornhill are very proud of their school and it looks like the rest of the UK are just as proud!”
Musharaf, who is now studying science at college in Huddersfield, said: “People think the TV show was half-scripted, but it wasn’t. The teachers at Thornhill really care, they put so much work and effort into each student.”
Earlier Thornhill’s school choir kicked off the ceremony by joining X Factor winner Sam Bailey in a duet with Michael Bolton on the soul classic Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.
Mr Mitchell told of his overwhelming pride: “What made me the most proud was walking into the arena and seeing thirty of my students perform with Bailey and Bolton.”
He added later: “I don’t mind confessing they even brought a tear to my eye.”
Music teacher Miss Reynolds said: “I have never been so proud of the choir – this is the biggest musical achievement of my career so far.”