A trainee teacher from Sheffield Hallam University has beaten hundreds of applicants to land her first job at Britain’s best known school.
Louise Hirst, who teaches science, will work at Thornhill Academy in Dewsbury, which shot to fame in hit Channel 4 show Educating Yorkshire.
The 27-year-old, who trained as a chef before changing career, impressed a panel of interviewees including headteacher Johnny Mitchell.
She said: “It was really surreal going for the interview and seeing teachers who I’d watched on telly.
“I don’t think there was a person on the course who didn’t watch Educating Yorkshire week in, week out.
“I just clicked with the interview panel - they said I was their kind of person and we shared a similar sense of humour.”
Louise, currently on work placement at Wingfield Academy near Doncaster, will start work at Thornhill in September.
Paul Haigh, one of Louise’s teachers on her science education course, said: “We have high hopes for all our students, but for Louise to get such a prestigious first teaching job is fantastic news.
Thornhill assistant head Matthew Burton said: “We’re incredibly excited to welcome Louise at the start of what we are sure will be a very long and successful teaching career for her. We are confident that our students will get the very best education and opportunities from her.”