SCHOOL students and staff at a Kirklees school are to be stars on TV.

The lives of the students and staff at Thornhill Community Academy will be opened up to millions of viewers in a follow-up documentary Educating Yorkshire.

And the cameras have already started rolling at the academy which will feature in the new eight-part series.

It is the second series to be produced by Twofour Broadcast who made the critically acclaimed Educating Essex – attracting 2.4m viewers.

Filming began last Monday for the new series and 64 cameras have been installed throughout the premises to capture every detail of life in the school – from the corridors to the canteen, the headteacher’s office to the playground.

Head Jonny Mitchell, who was born and raised in Dewsbury and appointed in 2011, said: “I am incredibly proud of Thornhill’s journey so far and the staff and students that have contributed to our successes.

“This is an opportunity to show how a normal school nurtures youngsters, from a variety of backgrounds, providing them with opportunities to flourish academically and socially.

“I am confident Thornhill will represent the very best of Yorkshire and that the series will give a much-needed boost to the town and wider community as a whole.”

The series is due to air on Channel 4 in the autumn.

Twofour’s head of documentaries and Series Executive Producer David Clews, said: “Thornhill Community Academy was chosen because of its fantastic staff and students and we feel extremely privileged to have access to film them. The school provides highly-rated education to a diverse and vibrant community in Yorkshire – it has had successive years of improving exam results which are continuing under headteacher Jonny Mitchell’s stewardship and its newly-awarded academy status will provide an insight into how these schools operate.”

Students and parents were informed of the school’s involvement in the series back in November and have been told no-one connected with the academy will be forced to appear on film. In a letter to parents Mr Mitchell said the Channel 4 announcement was creating a build-up of excitement at the school.