Matthew Burton (or Mr Burton, as he was known), the star of Channel 4’s Educating Yorkshire, has been promoted to headteacher of the school featured in the series – Thornhill Community Academy in Dewsbury.
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Mr Burton announced the news on Twitter, adding that he was excited and nervous to take the helm.
“Tomorrow’s a BIG DAY as I very proudly (and also excitedly and nervously) take the reins as Headteacher at Thornhill Community Academy,” he wrote. “LET’S DO THIS.”
Right, so, errm, tomorrow's a BIG DAY as I very proudly (and also excitedly and nervously) take the reins as Headteacher at Thornhill Community Academy. LET'S DO THIS.
— Matthew Burton (@MatthewCBurton) September 2, 2018
He was congratulated by former headteacher Jonny Mitchell, who also featured in the 2013 award-winning series.
Welcome @MatthewCBurton, officially, to the best job in the world.
Own it, I know you will mate!
— Jonny Mitchell (@MrMitchellCAL) September 2, 2018
Burton was a fan-favourite during the show’s run in autumn 2013, and was lauded for his work with Musharaf Asghar, a student struggling with a stammer.
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner reports that he delivered a rousing message to his students and staff upon taking up the mantle.”
“We have two very simple rules that any person who steps into the Academy abides by, and that we fundamentally believe are of the upmost importance: work hard, and be nice,” he said, adding that his goal was for Thornhill to become an ‘outstanding’ Academy.