Educating Yorkshire star Jonny Mitchell is leaving the school where he found fame.

Mr Mitchell has handed in his notice and is set to move from Thornhill Academy to a school in Leeds before the end of the academic year.

The popular headteacher featured heavily in 2013’s multi-award winning Channel 4 documentary, becoming known for his tough love approach with the children.

 

He will take over as head of the Co-operative Academy of Leeds, based in the Harehills area of the city, at the start of June.

Mr Mitchell said it was time for a “fresh challenge” after four years at the Kirklees school.

“I’m moving to a school that I think’s got a really bright future,” he said.

“I’ve been very fortunate to work at this school.

“It was my first headship; it’s a great place and I love the community and the kids.

“I did struggle a little bit whether it was the right time to go but I’ve no regrets.

“The school’s doing really well and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

“Some people say you’re moving on now you’re famous, but the vast majority understand it’s got nothing to do with that.

“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind with the TV stuff and it’s a good time for me to close that chapter personally.

“There’s some really high quality staff and leaders here that will make sure this school moves forward.”

Mr Mitchell said he felt the experience of featuring in the 2013 TV show had been a positive one for everyone.

“It’s was a fillip for the vast majority,” he said.

It’s done the school some long term good.

“Year seven is over subscribed for the first time ever. That’s a massive boon for a school that was threatened with closure seven or eight years ago.

“If nothing else has been achieved the atmosphere has improved and the opportunities are much wider for the pupils than they were before.”

Recruitment to replace Mr Mitchell is currently underway.