Channel 4’s Educating Yorkshire was last night named best documentary series at the National Television Awards.

Filmed at Thornhill Community Academy near Dewsbury, the eight-part series was a huge hit in the autumn.

Headteacher Mr Mitchell at the NTAs

Headteacher Jonny Mitchell at the NTAs

And last night it beat Penguins – Spy in the Huddle, Inside Death Row with Trevor McDonald and Paul O’Grady’s Working Britain to the title at the televised ceremony in London.

The show’s stars, including headmaster Jonny Mitchell, teacher Mr Burton and student Musharaf ‘Mushy’ Asghar, were there to receive the prize in person.

Mitchell said: “When we signed on the dotted line 15 months ago, little did we know we’d be standing on a stage with a National TV Award.

“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.”

Other winners from the region included Coronation Street, which won best serial drama, Julie Hesmondhalgh, who triumphed in the serial drama performance category, and Ant and Dec, who won the entertainment presenter award for the 13th straight year and were also recognised with a Landmark Award.

The full list of winners:

Factual Entertainment – Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs
Entertainment Programme – I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here
Documentary Series – Educating Yorkshire
Newcomer – Khali Best
Drama Performance – Matt Smith
Daytime – This Morning
Comedy – Mrs Brown’s Boys
Serial Drama Performance – Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street)
TV Detective – Benedict Cumberbatch
Entertainment Presenter – Ant & Dec
Drama – Doctor Who
Serial Drama – Coronation Street
Landmark Award – Ant & Dec
Talent Show – Strictly Come Dancing